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IIT robots to score a goal in Malaysia

Vanita Srivastava , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 26, 2013
First Published: 00:21 IST(26/8/2013) | Last Updated: 00:24 IST(26/8/2013)

Robots made by students of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur are all set to play soccer in Malaysia at an event from Monday.

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Robots built by Kharagpur RoboSoccer Students' Group will represent India and 13 students from IIT-Kharagpur would be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the world cup. The event has been organised by the Federation of International Robotsoccer Association (FIRA). FIRA organises the world cup soccer for robots every year at different locations across the world.

The world cup has several leagues and is host to a hundred teams from different countries.

The team would participate in two leagues — MiroSot and SimuroSot. MiroSot is a  5 v 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 v 5 match played on a simulator. This platform pits the best strategies of the teams against the other in an idealised environment. The one with the best strategy module shall be declared the winner.

"The World Cup offers students an opportunity to showcase their talent at an international stage. 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 team told HT. She said the team had made their robots smaller and metal-based.


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