contestants get ready to rumble at the Robot
Sumo Wrestling Competition
ANGELES - An afternoon of challenge and triumph
returns to the California Science Center with the
4th annual International
Robot Sumo Wrestling Competition Saturday, March
23, 2002 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Creative
World gallery. The event is sponsored by Fuji Soft
ABC, Inc., a major Japanese software developer and
features competitors from Japan and the western
sized robots will operate in two separate categories
- autonomous or radio-controlled. Maneuvering the
dohyo or ring, which measures approximately
5 feet in diameter, presents a complex collection
of challenges that require greater robotic intelligence
and more decisions for competing robots. Autonomous
robots are able to sense and make decisions based
on the data taken in from the ring, while radio-controlled
types respond to directions from their human creators.
Unlike the human version of the sport where heavier
contestants seem to have the advantage, robot sumo
rules limit the weight to no more than 6 pounds.
The object is to trick or force the opponent out
of the ring.
can watch the competition, cheer for robots with
names such as "Beast," "Squeegee,"
or "Go Ahead," and selected members of
the audience can even test their strength against
one of the 6-pound robots during a demonstration
of robot capabilities. The International Robot Sumo
Competition is one in a series of Technology Showcase
events presented by the California Science Center,
designed to present current science and technology
to the public.
further information on Fuji Soft ABC, Inc., contact
Chiba Shoten, Inc. by phone at (650) 655-4800; by
e-mail at [email protected];
or visit their website at http://www.chibashoten.com/robot.
California Science Center is located at 700 State
Drive in Exposition Park, Los Angeles. Open daily
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the exhibits
is free. IMAX Theater ticket prices range from $3.75
to $7.50. Parking is $6 per car; enter the lot at
39th and Figueroa streets. The Science Center and
IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. For general
information, phone (323) SCIENCE or visit our web
site at www.casciencectr.org.