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IIT-Kharagpur robots to play football in Malaysia

Vanita Srivastava , Hindustan Times  Kolkata, August 26, 2013
First Published: 10:31 IST(26/8/2013) | Last Updated: 15:02 IST(26/8/2013)

A group of robots made by engineering students of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, are geared up to play football at an international event in Malaysia to begin from Monday.

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Robots built by Kharagpur RoboSoccer Students’ Group are all set to represent India at the World Cup organised by the Federation of International Robotsoccer Association (FIRA).

FIRA organises the World Cup football for robots every year at different locations across the world.

This year it is scheduled to take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This mega event has several leagues and is a host to a hundred teams from different countries.

IIT Kharagpur shall be representing India in two leagues namely: MiroSot and SimuroSot.

Thirteen students from various years and departments are leaving for Malaysia for the event.

MiroSot is a 5 vs 5 match of autonomous robot teams that are smaller than a cube of 7.5cm x 7.5cm x 7.5cm. It is one of the most fast paced leagues in the tournament, where robots are restricted to a field of play 2.2m x 1.8m. SimuroSot is a 5 vs 5 match played on a simulator.

This platform pits the best strategies of the teams against each other in an idealised environment.

The one with the best strategy module shall be declared the winner.

“The World Cup organised by FIRA brings together students from across the globe to showcase their talent at an international stage and to participate in this event is a dream for every robotics enthusiast. The achievements of the team will definitely bring IIT Kharagpur at par with the best universities in the world that offer a platform to work in the field of robotics,” Disha Sarawgi, a member of the robot group told HT.

This time, she said they had re-designed our robots , made them smaller and metal based.

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