Dec 01, 2002

Thailand's First Robocup Division 1 Teams Compete To Secure Entry To "Robocup 2003" In Italy

Seagate Technology (Thailand) Ltd., in cooperation with the Thai Robotics Society (TRS), and Faculty of Engineering, Thammasat University, is organizing the Robocup Thailand Championship 2002 in order to select a winning team to join the worldwide Robocup 2003 competition, which will take place next year in Italy.

This is the second year that Seagate is supporting these events. This competition enables Thai students to show their capabilities and skills in developing various mechanical parts and systems so as to operate their robots in a "soccer" game. Ten teams were selected from educational institutions nationwide to compete (please see attachment).

Mr. Kamolphan DechaUmpai, Seagate executive director of Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Department, said, "The cooperation among Seagate, the Thai Robotics Society, and Thamasat University in hosting Thailand's first Robocup aims to develop the capabilities of Thai students in the fields of electronics and robotics. This competition will also give Thai youth an opportunity to join an international contest and learn about robotic technology and unique approaches used in other countries, and adapt this knowledge to improve their capabilities."

Associate Professor Dr. Djitt Laowattana, President of the Thai Robotics Society (TRS) and Director of the Centre of Operation for Field Robotic Development, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, said, "The TRS realizes the importance of upgrading students' capabilities in robotics, and we think that the Robocup Thailand Championship 2002 will be a stepping stone for Thai students to improve their ability and extend their experiences in international arena. During the past 2-3 years, Thai students have participated in some international contests such as the Robo Festa 2001 held in Japan. The results are quite satisfactory as Thai students could show their aptitude and widen their vision on science and technology."

Associate Professor Dr. Naris Chaiyasoot, Rector of Thammasat University, said, "Teaching staff and students in the Faculty of Engineering, Thamasat University, are pleased to support the Robocup Thailand Championship, which is a major challenge for Thai students in colleges and universities.

Students will obtain substantial benefits from this project, and it is in line with Thamasat's policy in allowing students to apply theories in real-life experiments."

About Thai Robotics Society (TRS) The Thai Robotics Society (TRS) was founded in 2000 by a group of academicians, researchers, and industry leaders who are involved in robotics. TRS Missions are to enhance the understanding of robotics technology, to promote, support and initiate academic activities for the development of robotics technology, to set up activities in robotics standards and safety, to serve as a center of technical information and technology transfer, to support collaboration among members, to liaison with both Thai and overseas robotics agencies and to generate academic consortium in order to promote graduated studies in robotics and automation. You may contact the Thai Robotics Society, Center of Operation for Field Robotics Development (FIBO) on 0-2470-9339, Fax. 0-2470-9111 or URL: http://fibo.me.eng.kmutt.ac.th

About Thammasat University
Over the past decade, there has been a very rapid growth of the industrial sector in Thailand. It has led to a severe shortage of properly educated and trained personnel in sciences and engineering technology. Thammasat University, one of the nation's most prestigious educational institutions, has recognized this fact and responded to the country's demand by establishing a group of science and engineering faculties situated on the new Rangsit campus, Pathumthani, since 1986. As a result, the Faculty of Engineering was inaugurated on August 19, 1989.

About Seagate
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