In a number of recent Hollywood hit films, robots do all kinds of spectacular things, from battling it out in boxing rings to saving the world from alien invaders. Seagate Technology is helping university students in Thailand bring those futuristic visions a little closer to reality.
Seagate supported the Thailand Humanoid Robot Soccer Championship, in which students designed their own soccer-playing machines. Hanuman Team from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) emerged as champions of this year's competition. The team won a cash prize of 200,000 baht and will represent Thailand at the World Robocup Soccer Humanoid League 2013 in Osaka, Japan, next year. Thanyaburi Tonkla Team from Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT) 100,000 baht as the first runners-up.
Thailand's Humanoid Robot Soccer Championship 2012 was jointly organized by Seagate Technology (Thailand) Limited, the Thai Robotics Society (TRS), FIBO of King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi and the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC). This year saw 11 teams from 8 universities battling for the chance to represent Thailand in the World Robocup Soccer Humanoid League 2013.
"TRS is confident that these competitions foster hands-on technical learning and collaboration -- which are key qualities for success in our digital world," said Dr. Thavida Maneewan, president of the Thai Robotics Society. "Students exchange ideas and valuable experiences with one another, which ultimately benefits them and our society."
"NECTEC is pleased to support Thai university students in using knowledge gained from their classrooms and applying it in a creative competition such as this one," added Dr. Pansak Siriruchtapong, executive director of National Electronics and Computer Technology Center(NECTEC) "We hope that the Humanoid Robot Soccer contest will also emphasize the importance of technology in helping further our country's innovation and economic future."
"We hope that the Humanoid Robot Soccer contest will also emphasize the importance of technology to enhance their learning and skills development and increase innovation capability for young Thai people."
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