The South China competition of RoboCupJunior 2012, a global youth competition for robots, has been held in Guangzhou. It attracts some 200 students or 70 teams from Guangdong, Hunan, Fujian and Jiangxi to compete.
Robot soccer games, robot rescue and robot dancing are three major sections in the competition. And this year even more types of matches have been introduced. There are CoSpace rescue and dance requiring the competitors to play in both virtual and real environments. The demonstration competitions for robot rescue and soccer games programing are also included.
The matches of CoSpace rescue and dance has drawn the attention of many spectators. As the new matches this year, the organizer can only provide the English version of the rules and requirements to the competitors. It has brought difficulties to them in learning the new terms for technologies in English.
The demonstration competitions of robot rescue and soccer games programing has proven the competitors' ability of response. The students need to program and build the match platform in a limited time. The organizer has complimented the students for their proficient use of new technologies.
Many former award-winners joined in the competition this time too.
According to the organizer, the winners of the competition will represent South China to compete in RoboCupJunior's China regional competition held in Mar. 22 – 25 in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province. Winners in the Chinese competitions are allowed to compete in RoboCup, held in Mexico this year for the full scholarship of the world's top universities like Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University.
(By Lynus Tan and Richard Glauert)