Since its inception in 1997, RoboCup has served as an exhibit in advances in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.
The Search and Rescue program included setting actual fires in designated areas of the RoboCup building in Graz to allow engineers to fully demonstrate abilities of their creations.
And the Soccer portion of the Symposium is used as a way to add a bit of fun and excitement to humanoid demonstrations
Maybe RoboCup ranks with a Trekkie convention on the Geek Scale but I’m fascinated. It looks like a lot of fun.
For More Information, visit the RoboCup Website