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In a first, robots play soccer at IIT-KGP

Students, researchers and scientists of IIT Kharagpore had gathered to watch a game of football. As they rooted for their teams in the five-a-side match, all the players have been built by them and by students from three other technical institutes. A report by Mou Chakraborty.

kolkata Updated: Aug 31, 2009 02:40 IST
Mou Chakraborty

On Sunday students, researchers and scientists of IIT Kharagpore (IIT-KGP) had gathered to watch a game of football. As they rooted for their teams in the five-a-side match, all the players have been built by them and by students from three other technical institutes.

The techies were witness to the prestigious RoboCup, being held in India for the first time. The RoboCup Challenge @ India 2009 was held from August 28 till 30 at the IIT campus, around 120 km southwest from Kolkata.

The host of this event, IIT Kharagpur, has become the first institute in the country to obtain an approval from the International RoboCup Federation.

“This is the first time that a RoboCup Challenge is being held in South-East Asia. It is adding yet another crown to IIT’s achievements in the field of robotics,” said its coordinator Mithilesh Gurujala.

Each team spent around Rs 80,000 to built their robots. Although IIT-KGP and Hyderabad-based institutes International Institute of Information Technology were finalists, the match could not be completed on Sunday due to some technical snag.

“There was also some problem with the batteries. We’re working on it and hopefully by 1 am on Monday we’ll be able to hold the final rounds,” said, Gurujala, also the referee for the matches.