24 Apr 2016
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 CupThis goal includes the mission to foster science and technologies for evolving industries and for advancing societies. 2050 is not too far in the future. In order to reinforce relations between robots and the public, we need to think again about the power of “design”. “Robot” is not just a single technology, but a combination of systems and services that can enhance human activities that extend across the cyber and physical worlds. Also, “Robot” is not just useful, but also a continuous occupation to provide creative functionality to the public. Nowadays, robots and robotics have become familiar and are considered to work closer with people in their daily lives. Therefore, robots must be well-designed and taken into consideration their interactions with people, their use in various societies/environments, and their sustainable operations.
Based on these observations, in the last year, Flower Robotics and the RoboCup Federation introduced an award, called the “RoboCup Design Award”, to encourage research and education to focus on the importance of the design of robots. And, we decided to continue the award for this year. As same as the last year, robots and/or technologies will be awarded that are well-designed not only for their performance but also for their simpleness, easiness, smoothness in daily operation and other usages. We believe that the award will promote the popularity of robotics in wider fields.
- identity of the team in styles and appearances
- simpleness in structure and total system
- smooth interaction with humans/users
- ease of maintenance in daily operation
- wide usage
- robustness and resilience duringhard use