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'RoboCup' Soccer Match Is a Challenge for Silicon Rookies

Science  26 Sep 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5334, pp. 1933
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5334.1933

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NAGOYA, JAPAN-- At a conference on artificial intelligence held here last month, the first World Cup Robot soccer competition was held, pitting robots against robots in small and midsize categories. The ultimate goal is a robots-vs.-humans match, but in the meantime, the challenge is meant to spur advances in robot vision, sensors, and mechanics; and in the programming needed for multiple autonomous robots to solve problems in real time, learn from experience, and work as a team.