Nov 21, 2005

Seagate Sponsors Robocup Thailand and Championship 2006

Seagate Technology, the Thai Robotics Society and Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Engineering announced today that 32 teams from various educational institutions will take part in the Robocup Thailand Championship 2006. The preliminary round of competition will be held on November 26 and November 27 at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. The final round of competition will be held in February. The winning team from this contest will represent Thailand in the World Robocup in Germany in June.

"The open-source code comprises the fundamental program and drawing of the robots, which can help the students to understand the structure of the robots and how it works," explained Assistant Professor Dr. Witaya Wannasuphoprasit, chairman of Robocup Thailand Championship 2006. "RoboCup can help students be better prepared for future careers in high technology. This competition gives them real-life experience in designing, fabricating and optimizing the robot, which involves many engineering disciplines. It is very similar to the daily practices in today's advanced industrial environments."

Brent Bargmann, vice president of Seagate's Thailand Operations, said the company is pleased to sponsor competitions that expand the educational opportunities of tomorrow's innovators. "The Robocup Championship gives students the opportunity to study, exchange ideas and experiences with others and learn the values of teamwork and innovation-qualities that have been key to Seagate's success as well."

For more information about Robocup Thailand Championship 2006, visit http://www.trs.or.th.

About the Thai Robotics Society
Thai Robotics Society (TRS) was established in 2000 by groups of roboticians, researchers, and industrial experts, involved in robotic education and application. They are interested in developing technology and research in robotics, as well as some robotic- related activities in the Kingdom of Thailand. You may reach the TRS by calling 0-2218-6982, 0-2218-6956 or visit www.trs.or.th.

About Seagate
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