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The World Robot Championship in Eindhoven will feature a range of competitions across five main leagues: RoboCupSoccer, RoboCupRescue, RoboCup@Home, RoboCup Junior, and RoboCupIndustrial. Each league presents unique challenges and showcases cutting-edge innovations in robotics. The Middle Size League, in particular, sees autonomous robots competing in soccer matches, often drawing significant attention due to the dynamic and competitive nature of the games.

The Eindhoven University’s own team, Tech United, is a multiple world champion and expects to score in front of the home crowd as well.

Focus on healthcare and home robotics

One of the standout leagues, RoboCup@Home, focuses on developing robots capable of performing tasks in domestic settings. This league aims to advance technology that makes healthcare more accessible and reduces the need for human care staff. The competition encourages teams to create robots that can assist with daily chores, thus highlighting the practical applications of robotics in everyday life.

Rescue robots and industrial applications

The RoboCupRescue league is another appealing aspect of the championship, where robots are designed to aid in disaster scenarios. These robots must navigate challenging environments to assist in search and rescue operations, showcasing the potential of robotics to enhance human safety. Additionally, the RoboCupIndustrial league focuses on robots that can perform complex industrial tasks, further demonstrating the versatility and utility of autonomous robots.

Tech United: Home team favorites

robots - Tech United in action. © Tech United
Tech United in action. © Tech United

Tech United, the robotics team from Eindhoven University of Technology, is a multiple world champion and a strong contender in this year’s championship. Having been world champions in the Middle Size League since 2012, the team is expected to perform exceptionally well on home turf. Their expertise and innovative approach in robotics make them a team to watch during the event.

Event highlights and public engagement

The championship will be held at Eindhoven’s Genneper Park, where – according to the organizers – over 50,000 visitors are expected to attend. The event is not just a competition but also an educational experience featuring workshops, demonstrations, and lectures. Marloes van de Burgt, the project manager, emphasizes the diverse activities available for all ages, including state-of-the-art robot technology demonstrations and interactive sessions designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and roboticists.

Global collaboration and future goals

RoboCup 2024 is organized by the Eindhoven University of Technology in collaboration with the Promotech 2050 Foundation and the Eindhoven City Council. The event underscores the importance of global collaboration in advancing robotic technologies. René van de Molengraft, Chairman of RoboCup 2024, highlights the ultimate goal: for soccer robots to be able to beat the human world soccer champions by 2050. This ambitious vision drives the continuous improvement and innovation seen at each championship.

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