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Robot competitions have existed almost as long as robots. Most competitions are designed to improve the skills and knowledge of the robot builders, while others are designed to spur new technological developments that will result in more intelligent and useful robots. Most local robot clubs and organizations hold contests to encourage members to learn about robotics by actually building robots with the goal of completing specific tasks. Competitions are also being used very successfully by many educational organizations to promote the science and math skills of students. More recently, corporate media events known by names such as Robot Wars and Battlebots have come on the scene. These events consist of two or more radio controlled vehicles which appear to fight and destroy each while actually being controlled by humans off-screen. These "robot" events have become the professional wrestling of the robot world and spurred endless debates on the use (and misuse) of the word "robot".
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Fighting Robot Association - Established to provide consistent combat robot build rules and safety standards and to look after roboteers in general. Robot Competition FAQ - Information and dates for all known Robot-related competitions and contests. Updated monthly and posted to comp.robotics.misc and news.answers. Trinity College Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest - A challenge to build a computerized robot that can detect a fire and then put it out. Includes rules, registration information, photos, and a FAQ. 6.270 - MIT's Autonomous Robot Design Competition - Provides description of class and robot competition contestants. Includes an overview of previous contests. Binkey's Robot Rumbles for 1-15 pound bots - Test your 1-15 pound bot in one-on-one battles, a maze, and speed way. Competition in Sarnia, Ontario. Robotics Contest - Programming contest related to robotics and mechanics held in Timisoara, Romania in 19/01/2001. BEST Robotics Inc - BEST stands for Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology. BEST is a non-profit organization that promotes team problem solving aided by local industry volunteers, teachers, and mentors through yearly competitions. Robot Riots robot combat event - Robot Riots robot combat event in Toronto - check site for latest event. Part of the Toronto Robot Fight Club. Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition - This site has information on the annual competition where college students design and construct autonomous ground vehicles to compete in the Autonomous Challenge Competition Vehicle Design Competition and Navigation Challenge Competition. The site consists of Location and date, rules, team photographs, entry application, news, and results from previous competitions. Eurobot - A technical, scientific and entertaining challenge organised in France for students from engineering schools, universities or for private scientific clubs. RoboGames - Annual competition in San Francisco, formerly known as RobOlympics. Classes and their rules, results and pictures from previous years, registration and ticket information. The Builders Database - Provides registration and tracking resources for robot competitions. Includes interface for teams and event organizers, and public pages describing the entries by category. Manitoba Robot Games - Canadian robot games which include, Atomic Hockey , Robotic Sumo Wrestling, Robotic "Seek and Capture", Mini-Tractor Pull, and Robo-Critters. Istrobot - Annual contest in Slovakia includes linefollower, micromouse, minisumo, and a free style category. CNET - Robots ready to rumble - RoboGames (formerly called Robolympics) in San Francisco gives machines a chance to show their stuff in contests from sumo to soccer. An article by Richard Shim. Roboexotica - A competition of developing technologies for the integration of technological achievements in everyday life, and as a means of documenting the creation of new interfaces for man-machine-interaction.
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