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First the Olympic Games, now it’s time for Great Britain to welcome the robots

First the Olympic Games, now it’s time for Great Britain to welcome the robots

No sooner has the curtain come down on London 2012 than Great Britain prepares to welcome its next international sporting event – this time with robots as the competitors.

Sports such as football, basketball and weightlifting will come under the spotlight as the world’s most advanced robots and their creators go head-to-head at the FIRA RoboWorld Cup, taking place in the UK for the first time from 20 to 25 August.

A total of 27 teams will be competing, with 202 participants from across the world coming to pit their robotic skills against each other.

Much like the Olympic Games, organising bodies had to bid for the competition and Bristol emerged victorious thanks to the work of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) – the largest robotics lab of its type in the UK, which is a joint research project between the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol.

Read the full story on the University website

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