[news] An FFROB delegation at Nagoya RoboCup 2017 to support the “Bordeaux RoboCup 2020” candidacy

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[news] An FFROB delegation at Nagoya RoboCup 2017 to support the “Bordeaux RoboCup 2020” candidacy

Laurie Raffin
Off to Japan to convince the Organization Committee
The French delegation’s trip to Nagoya, Japan in July 2017 for the 21st edition of the RoboCup is the first major milestone in the candidacy process. Composed of the key players in the Steering Committee, this mission will present a pre-candidacy to the trustees of the RoboCup committee and will take in the full dimension of the event in situ.  
During this trip, our delegation will be on hand to encourage the French teams participating, including Rhoban, from the Informatics Research Laboratory (LaBRI) at the University of Bordeaux, the defending world champion in the “Football – small-scale humanoids” category.
RoboCup: a worldwide competition
After 21 years of existence, RoboCup has become the world’s most prestigious robotics competition. Today, it brings together 45 countries, 450 teams, 3,500 participants and over 40,000 visitors. The original idea, in 1997, was to design a team of robots capable of beating the "human" football world champion team by 2050. Since then, RoboCup has opened up to other robotics fields related to rescue efforts during disaster relief, logistics in industry and household assistance. This event has thus become a global laboratory where researchers and companies from around the world cooperate.
The FFROB organizes “Bordeaux RoboCup 2020”
The French Robotics Federation (FFROB) initiated this project to contribute to its mission to promote the robotics competition at French training and research institutions. Bordeaux RoboCup 2020 is destined to strengthen our regions and make them more attractive to robotics companies. This project is supported by Alain Rousset, President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, by Alain Juppé, President of Bordeaux Métropole, by Manuel Tunon de Lara, President of the University of Bordeaux and by the Aquitaine Robotics cluster, all of whom have committed to providing the necessary resources.

Members of the "Bordeaux RoboCup 2020" Steering Committee
This candidacy is led by a steering committee that brings together:
- The French Robotics Federation (FFROB)
- The Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region
- Bordeaux Métropole
- The University of Bordeaux
- The Bordeaux University Foundation
- Bordeaux INP Aquitaine
- LaBRI – The Bordeaux Informatics Research Laboratory
- The Bordeaux Board of Education
- Aquitaine Robotics Cluster
- Ligue de l’enseignement

In the words of Pierre Blazevic, President of the French Robotics Federation, “Being able to organize the RoboCup in Bordeaux, France in 2020 is a one-of-a-kind adventure. Our delegation is going to do everything it takes to present to the organizers the advantages of our candidacy and showcase the excellence of French robotics.”

• Pierre Blazevic, President of the French Robotics Federation, blazevic@isty.uvsq.fr
• Laurène Bonnesseur, Head of Communication & Marketing, FFROB, laurenebonnesseur@yahoo.fr (06 88 51 78 35)