The team of robotic footballers were treated to a performance of the Welsh national anthem ahead of the International Robocup Championship. Nao Robots joined the choir at the Hoddinott Hall situated at the Wales Millenium Centre, where the anthem will be recorded.
This anthem would be played before the games commence at the Robocup in Turkey. The robots built by scientists from the University of Wales Newport, met the choir when they came for rehearsals for performing ‘The Gothic Symphony,’ which would be performed as part of the BBC promos on 17th of July at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Robocup is an international level tournament, which aims at developing robotics by holding football matches between robot teams. The challenges in developing robot footballers are very much similar to those faced while developing fire-fighting robots or bomb-disposal robots. The Newport team is led by Dr. Torbjorn Dahl, from the Cognitive Robotics Research Center at the University of Wales. He would be present in Turkey for the five day event. He regarded the Robocup as a significant event in the efforts to develop robots, which can make the world a safer and better place for human beings. He expressed his gratitude towards the BBC National Chorus of Wales in helping them publicise Newport’s participation in the event.