FIRA robot soccer, a brainchild of Prof. Jong-Hwan Kim, KAIST, began in 1995 and the first international championship was held at KAIST, Daejeon, Korea in 1996. And Federation of International Robot-soccer Association (or FIRA, in short) was officially founded in June 1997. FIRA has a basic goal of taking the spirit of science and technology of robotics to the laymen and the younger generation, through the game of robot soccer. Robot soccer can be portrayed as a competition of advanced robot technology within a confined space. It offers a challenging arena to the young generation and researchers working with autonomous mobile robotic systems.
It is hoped that FIRA’s flagship event, called the FIRA Robot World Cup (or the FIRA Cup in short), which started in 1996, together with many other FIRA events, will help generate interests in robotics in the young minds.
Through these events, FIRA hopes to help them better understand and appreciate, with interests, the scientific concepts and technological developments involved. FIRA believes that some of these interests will fuel scientific and engineering skills that ultimately develop into research outcomes to serve mankind in a variety of ways.
Ever since its establishment, FIRA has had venues for its annual FIRA Cup in Australia, Brazil, China, France and Korea. Making progress over successive years since 1996, FIRA Cup has now attained world recognition as a robot festival.
- APEC Micro-Robot Soccer Championship 1998
- FIRA Regional Championship 1999
- FIRA Regional Championship 2000
- FIRA Dortmund Chmpionship 2002
- FIRA Euroupean Robotsoccer Championship 2003 June 2-5, 2003, Ljublijana, Slovenia
- 1st FIRA Korea-Cup ( 11. 30 ~ 12. 1, 1999)
- 1st FIRA China-Cup 1999
- 2nd FIRA China-Cup (September 1-3, 2000)
- 2nd FIRA Korea-Cup (November 24-26, 2000)
- 3nd FIRA Korea-Cup (1. 16 ~ 1. 19, 2002.)
- 4nd FIRA Korea-Cup( 8. 19 ~ 8. 21, 2003. )
Robot soccer can be portrayed as a war of advanced robot technology within a confined space. It offers a challenging arena to the younger generation and researchers working with autonomous mobile robotic systems.
With periodic robot soccer competitions, events related robot soccer are held at various kind of type, for example, Robot Camp, Exhibition, Demonstration, and etc.
Through these kind of Events, students and laymen in the world of science and technology can have generate interest. This will pave the way for them to appreciate and understand, the scientific concepts and technological developments in a better way.
FIRA Robot World Congress is held along with FIRA Cup, where all participating teams submit and present papers on their robots and schemes for sharing the expertise and technology for building the soccer robots.
FIRA Congress welcomes paper submissions from researchers, practitioners, and students worldwide to share the expertise and technology of building intelligent robots including entertainment/education/service/field/personal robots.
The Congress is aimed to bring together skilled researchers and students from different backgrounds, such as robotics, sensor fusion, intelligent control, communication, image processing, mechatronics, computer technology, artificial life, etc., into an interdisciplinary field for the development of intelligent, autonomous robots for the welfare of human-beings.
International Robot Olympiad
'Robot Olympiad' is a science, technology and educational event aimed at offering our promising youngsters an opportunity to expand their horizons by introducing to them technology along with the existing Mathematics Olympiad, Physics Olympiad and Chemistry Olympiad.
The previously established Robot World Cup under the auspices of the FIRA has limited participants to university students majoring in related fields. However, in this special 'Robot Olympiad', the door to "Micro-robot'' is wide open for our science prodigies.