contestants get ready to rumble at the
Robot Sumo Wrestling Competition
ANGELES – Challengers will vie for top
honors at the 5th annual International
Robot Sumo Wrestling Competition, Monday,
March 22, 2004 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at
the California Science Center. The event, held
in the Creative World gallery, is sponsored
by Fuji Soft ABC, Inc., a major Japanese software
engineering company and features competitors
from Japan and the western United States.
all begins with a customary bow to the opponent
and then the match that calls for a complex
mix of robotic skills and clever programming,
begins. Shoebox-sized robots will operate in
two separate categories – autonomous
or radio-controlled – in a ring measuring
5 feet in diameter. 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 6.6 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 audience members
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 offered by the California Science
Center, designed to present current science
and technology to the public.
further information on Fuji Soft ABC, Inc.,
contact Tetsuya Chiba by e-mail at robotSumo@chibashoten.com,
or visit their website at http://www.nwrst.com/IRST/index.html.
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 tickets
range in price from $4.50 to $7.50. Parking
is $6 per car; enter the lot at 39th & Figueroa
Street. The Science Center and IMAX Theater
are wheelchair accessible. For general recorded
information, phone (323) SCIENCE or visit
our website at www.californiasciencecenter.org.