RoboCup2012 kicked off on June 18 as dozens of competitors from across the globe descended on Mexico City’s massive World Trade Center. In its 16th year, RoboCup is best known for its soccer league competition. Virginia Tech's Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory dominated the soccer competition in the summer of 2011.
The goal of RoboCup is to create autonomous robots agile and smart enough to play professional, human soccer players by the year 2050. It’s a long goal, and the human-sized robots are still in the beginning stages of development for soccer play, but improvements this year over last already are raising eyebrows and excitement levels.