Nov 08, 2004

Seagate and the Thai Robotics Society Announce the Finalists in Robocup Thailand Championship 2005

BANGKOK, Thailand - Seagate Technology (Thailand) Limited, the Thai Robotics Society and the Mahidol University Faculty of Engineering today announced the names of the finalist teams participating in the final round of Robocup Thailand Championship 2005. These finalists were selected during the preliminary round of competition held at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University, Salaya Campus on November 6-7, 2004.

Eight finalists were selected based on their competitive standing in the initial round and received cash prizes of 20,000 baht per team to further develop their robots to compete in the final contest on February 5-6, 2005. Additionally, the committee has invited four other teams to participate in the final round based on the potential for success they felt their robots demonstrated in the preliminaries.

The first eight teams include:
1. Plasma-Z/Chulalongkorn University
2. ITE-GOLD/King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
3. Gear Cheang Doy/Chiang Mai University
4. ITE-INFO-Master/King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
5. Revenger/King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
6. ROBUST/ Sripatum University
7. MCE/Patumwan Institute of Technology
8. Assawin Noi/Songkla University

The other four teams are: Scuba_X/Kasetsart University, Cigol Trop/Mahidol University, Mitochindia/King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang and Robodance/King Mongkut's Institute of Technology North Bangkok.

"This competition has become the premier annual event among robotic developers in Thailand," said Associate Professor Dr. Manukid Parnichkun, president of the Thai Robotics Society. "As this competition requires the highest levels of technology and significant funding, contestants make serious commitments of their brainpower and resources, and we are very proud of the finalists who are moving on."

Jackrit Suthakorn, Ph.D., Mahidol University's Faculty of Engineering lecturer who serves as the chairman of Robocup Thailand Championship 2005 said, "The Robocup Thailand Championship 2005 is more challenging than previous competitions because of some changes in rules and regulations. The contestants face a challenge which will be a great test of their capabilities, and it is a great honor for all lecturers and students of the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University to support the Robocup Thailand Championship 2005. This event is also of tremendous benefit to Thai students studying in the diploma, the bachelors' degree or higher levels throughout the country."

Mrs. Supar Phokachaipat, senior director of Corporate Communications, Seagate Technology (Thailand) Limited said, "Seagate takes great pride in our sponsorship of the third year of Robocup Thailand Championship. The event provides Thai students around the country an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge into practice. Moreover, this competition provides contestants with the opportunity to learn more about robotic technologies by participating in the international arena."

The three awards for this nationwide competition include the cash prize of 100,000 baht for the winning team, which will also represent Thailand at the World Robocup 2005 in Osaka, Japan. The first runner up will receive a cash prize of 50,000 baht. The third-place team will receive a cash prize of 30,000 baht.

The Thai Robotics Society (TRS) was established in 2000 by a group of roboticians, researchers, and industrialists involved in robotic education and real-world application. TRS is interested in developing technology and research in robotics as well as robotic related activities in the Kingdom of Thailand.

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