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Football News from
Japan and Korea!
Coinciding with the World Cup, being
held in Japan and Korea, Robocup 2002 is
the largest-ever international football
competition for robots, attracting over 200
teams from about 30 different countries.
Divided into five leagues, ranging from
small-sized robots to humanoid and four-
legged ones, the event is designed to
accelerate the union between robotics and
artificial intelligence.
RoboCup is an international research
and education initiative. Its goal is to
foster artificial intelligence and robotics
research by providing a standard problem
where a wide range of technologies can
be examined and integrated.The concept
of soccer-playing robots was first intro-
duced in 1993. Following a two-year
feasibility study, in August 1995, an
announcement was made to introduce the
first international conferences and soccer
games. In July 1997, the first official
conference and game was held in Nagoya,
Japan. Followed by Paris, Stockholm,
Melbourne and Seattle, the annual events
attracted many participants.The 6th
RoboCup is held in Fukuoka, Japan in
cooperation with Busan, Korea in June,
2002.This RoboCup coincides with the
"2002 World Cup Korea/Japan".Today,
more than 3,000 researchers from 35
countries and regions are participating in
various projects such as international
games, conferences, research and
educational programs.
http://www.robocup2002.org/
Liberty Alliance Project
Adds New Members
The Liberty Alliance Project is an alliance
formed to develop and deploy open,
federated, network identification
specifications that support all current and
emerging network devices in the digital
economy. Federated identity will help
drive the next generation of the Internet,
offering businesses and consumers con-
venience, choice and control. Membership
is open to all commercial and non-
commercial organizations. Founding
members of the Alliance are companies
such as American Express, AOL Time
Warner, France Telecom, Hewlett-Packard
Company, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Sony
Corporation, Sun Microsystems and
Vodafone.The Liberty Alliance plans to
release the first phase of its specification
this summer.
http://www.projectliberty.org/
NOIE: The National Office
for the Information Economy
Australia's information and communications
technology industry is one of the fastest
growing and innovative sectors in the Aus-
tralian economy.To showcase the strengths
and capabilities of the Australian ICT
industry, NOIE has commissioned a series
of case studies of companies in the sector.
NOIE is also managing a major initiative
to strengthen the R&D capability of the
sector - the ICT Centre of Excellence.
http://www.noie.gov.au/Projects/
CaseStudies/ICT/index.htm
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South Africa
South Africa contemplates the convergence
of cultural content with information and
communication technology.
Guy Berger, May 2001, Chapter for a
forthcoming book, based on panel
discussion at ICT 2000 conference in
August 2000, Link Centre,Wits Graduate
School of Business, Johannesburg
http://journ.ru.ac.za/staff/guy/Research/
New%20Media/culture.htm
The Electronic Visualization
Laboratory
How about VR,Tele-immersion and art?
Research at the Electronic Visualization
Laboratory (EVL) at the University of
Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Have a look at
what is done there
http://www.evl.uic.edu/home.html