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Robocup 2003. Robots from the Japanese WinKIT and Fusion teams playing in the Middle Sized League final at the Robocup 2003 competition. The Robocup is an annual event in which teams of autonomous robots play football against each other. This requires a high level of artificial intelligence: the robots should be able to recognise a ball, move towards it and propel it towards a goal. The aim of the competition is to develop a team of humanoid robots that can beat the best human side in the world by the year 2050. The cup has several leagues, including divisions for four- legged and humanoid (bipedal) robots. The 2003 event, the 7th Robocup, was held in Padua, Italy.
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