China holds first international humanoid robot Olympics

10:46, June 24, 2010      

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A three-day robot competition, promoted as the first international humanoid robot Olympics, ended Wednesday in northeast China' s Heilongjiang Province.

Eighteen universities from China, South Korea and the United States attended the first International Humanoid Robot Olympic Games which was held in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang Province, said Professor Hong Bingrong from the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT).

The games, organized by the State Key Laboratory For Robot Science and System from HIT and the China National Conference of Artificial Intelligence, included 24 contest events involving track and field, balls, combat, and dancing.

The rules were similar to the Olympic Games which humans compete in, Hong said.

Chinese teams performed very well in soccer, while American robots proved to be excellent in the steeplechase, he added.

Humanoid robots are defined as android robots designed in human forms, with two legs and two arms.

The purpose of the games was to attract more people to the scientific development of humanoid robots by hosting an Olympics so that robots might become more intelligent and flexible to serve people at work and at home, Hong said.



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