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Photos of the Day: Autonomous Robots Compete at the RoboCup

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 9:58am
Kathy Matheson, Associated Press

 

In this July 7, 2014, photo, Ph.D. candidate Stephen McGill works with a Nao RoboCup entree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The international robot soccer tournament called RoboCup takes place in Brazil right after the World Cup. The ultimate goal of the yearly event is bold: To create a robot team that can defeat the human World Cup winners by 2050. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Read: Heads up, World Cup Teams: The Robots Are Coming

In this July 7, 2014, photo, students at the University of Pennsylvania work with one of their RoboCup entries the school in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In this July 7, 2014, photo, students at the University of Pennsylvania work with one of their RoboCup entries known as Nao at the school in in Philadelphia. While certainly fun to watch, organizers say the annual competition isn’t just about creating kicking machines. It is about teaching the fully autonomous robots to make quick, smart decisions while working together in a changing environment. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In this July 7, 2014, photo, research associates Larry Vadakedathu, left, and Qin He work with one of their RoboCup entries, a 5-foot-tall metal humanoid named THOR (Tactical Hazardous Operations Robot), in the adult-size league at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. A week after the World Cup title game in Rio de Janeiro, teams from 45 countries will face off at RoboCup about 1,200 miles away in the Brazilian coastal town of Joao Pessoa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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