FIRA Regional Chapters

European FIRA Chapter
Aims:
• Promotion of robots in entertainment, leisure, and hobby especially robot soccer.

Tools:
- Organization of the European Championship annually (e.g. 2002 Austria)
- Organization of national and international Exhibition games
- Organization of invited sessions on national and international scientific events
- Initiation of common research projects
- Publishing of an INTERNET newsletter twice a year
- Homepage 

Topics:
- Autonomous mobile robots (MAS)
- Cooperation
- Path planning in an unknown environment
- Swarms
- Adoption and learning
- Use of incomplete and contradictory information
- Smart sensors
- Sensor fusion
- Educational aspects
- Changing roles in a team (flexibility) 

Structure:
- President: P. Kopacek
- Vice Presidents: B. Reusch (GER), P. Robinson (UK), J. Sa da Costa (PT)
- Secretary: M.W.Han (KOR/AUT)
- Secretariat: IHRT - VUT 

Meetings:
At least one annual meeting - usually during the European Championship. Other business will be done by e-mail 

Involved countries:
- EU
- Partners: Bulgaria, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.
Asian FIRA Chapter
Aims:
• Promotion of robots in entertainment/education, leisure, and hobby especially soccer robot
• Contribution to realizing and extending robot technology (RT) 

Tools:
- Organization of the Asian Championship
- Organization of national and international conference and exhibition robots
- Organization of national and Asian scientific events including exhibition games 
- Publishing of an INTERNET newsletter twice a year
- Homepage

Topics:
- Autonomous mobile robots (MAS)
- Multiple-robotic system
- Multi-agent systems
- Adoption and learning
- Smart sensors
- Sensor fusion
- Educational aspects
- Changing roles in a team (flexibility)
- Artificial life
- Machine vision for robot intelligence
- Micro and Nanorobots

Structure:
- President: K.H. Choi (Korea)
- Vice Presidents: Han-Pang Huang (Taiwan)
- Secretary: B.Chang (Korea)
- Secretariat: undecided

Meetings:
- One annual meeting usually during the Asian Championship. Also, Tele-meeting will be organized. Other business will be done
   by e-mail

Involved countries:
- China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, U.A.E, Saudi, Iran, Malaysia, Thailand, etc.


Welcome to the Federation of International Robot-Sport Association

Robot soccer can be portrayed as a competition of advanced robot technology within a confined space. It offers a challenging arena to the young generation and researchers working with autonomous mobile robotic systems. It is hoped that FIRA’s flagship event, called the FIRA Robot World Cup (or the FIRA Cup in short), which started in 1996, together with many other FIRA events, will help generate interests in robotics in the young minds.

Through these events, FIRA hopes to help them better understand and appreciate, with interests, the scientific concepts and technological developments involved. FIRA believes that some of these interests will fuel scientific and engineering skills that ultimately develop into research outcomes to serve mankind in a variety of ways.

Ever since its establishment, FIRA has had venues for its annual FIRA Cup in Australia, Brazil, China, France and Korea. Making progress over successive years since 1996, FIRA Cup has now attained world recognition as a robot festival.

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