The 11th RoboCup Iran Open competition will be held at Tehran International Fair from April 6th to 8th, 2016. 624 teams from Iran, US, UK, South Korea, Germany, Afghanistan, Peru and China have registered for this year’s competition.

RoboCup Iran Open is a well-known international competition amongst the enthusiasts of this field. The teams participating in the competition have to design robots with the ability to perform a soccer game. The first RoboCup Iran Open was held in 2006 which led to the formation of the Iranian RoboCup National Committee with the purpose of promoting Robotics and AI research within Iran.

Qazvin Azad University and the Iranian RoboCup Regional Committee are hosting the event as previous years. This year over 600 teams consisting of college and high school students from various countries are expected to participate in the event.

RoboCup Iran Open gives a chance to the teams to test their qualities in order to prepare themselves for the RoboCup World competition. The first RoboCup event was first held in 1997 in order to take the first steps towards the development of robotic soccer players. The official goal of this initiative is: “By the middle of the 21st century, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall win a soccer game, complying with the official rules of FIFA, against the winner of the most recent World Cup”.

Design principles of autonomous agents, multi-agent collaboration, strategy acquisition, real-time reasoning, robotics and sensor-fusion are some of the technologies that needs to be incorporated in order for a robot team to perform a soccer game.

The first RoboCup Iran Open competition offered 7 leagues and this year the 11th competition will consist of 26 leagues and sub-leagues. The four major domains of the competition are: RoboCupSoccer, RoboCupRescue, RoboCup@Home, RoboCup@Work and RoboCup Junior.

This year, RoboCup annual international competition will be held in Leipzig, Germany. For more information on RoboCup Iran 2016 click here.

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