NUST the Only Team from South Asia to Qualify for RoboCup 2015

A team of students from NUST have qualified for the RoboCup 2015 with their artificially intelligent robots. This is the first time a South-Asian team has qualified for the tournament. The team will compete in the Standard Platform League in Hefei, China in July.

Team-NUST will play against 29 of the world’s best robot team in the tournament.

RoboCup 2015 (short for Robot Soccer World Cup) is an annual international robotics tournament. To be more specific it is a soccer World Cup of robots (if the name didn’t give it up). The tournament was proposed in 1995 and started in 1997. The tournament is aimed to promote AI research and robotics advancements while adding a fun part to it.

The tournament has five competition domains, leagues and sub-leagues. The leagues are RoboCup Soccer, RoboCup Rescue, [email protected], [email protected] and RoboCup Junior. The Standard platform league emphasizes the software side of the robots rather than the mechanical expertise. In this league, all teams will have the same robots but the competition will rely on software optimizations and intelligence of the robots.

Last year, RoboCup was held in Brazil immediately after the FIFA World Cup ended. The tournament management wishes to build a robot team that can beat the human World Cup winners by 2050 but that dream still has a long way to go before it can be fulfilled.

Universities have to prove their robots’ capabilities in Artificial Intelligence in order to qualify for the tournament. Team-NUST is a 8 member research group from the NUST-SMME RISE Research Center.

The members of the team are listed below:

  • Dr. Yasar Ayaz (Project Supervisor)
  • Muhammad Talha Imran (Team Lead)
  • Abdul Rehman
  • Abdul Haseeb Ayub
  • Idrees Hussain
  • Maham Tanveer
  • Shams ul Azeem
  • Umair Hassan Khan Niazi

The Pakistan football team does not seem to have much hope for qualifying to the FIFA World Cup any time soon but we can make do with Pakistan’s robot football team in the meantime. The tournament will be held from 17th July to 23rd July 2015. We wish our team the best of luck in this competition.

He is the Editor at ProPakistani.

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  • Waqas Rabbani

    Great , Pakistan ki achi news ko to support kya karo, har koi ghair multki akhbaro ko report par apny hi mulk ko bura kehna shuroo ho jata hai.

  • M Junaid Khan

    Country full of talent but led into wrong direction by our so called “Elite…dirty people”

  • Taha Najam

    Which NUST is this exactly? Also, these people didn’t build these robots, they are just controlling them.

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    • Kaarchi

      IBA, Karachi has been participating since many years in RoboCups and ranked 5th now.

      • Safeer

        NUST has qualified for the standard platform league (SPL), they play with real NAO-Robots.

        IBA Karachi has two RoboCup teams:

        -Karachi Koalas: 3D-Simulation Soccer (Just like SPL but in simulation) –

        -Karachi Chotu: Robocup @Home. –


  • Ghulam.e.Ahmed

    ARY Films and SOC Films made a first Pakistani 3D film Teen Bahadur, expected release date is 22-May-2015, a big step towards use of technology.

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    • Taha Najam

      How is that relevant to this? It may be the first 3d film, but not the first 3d feature in pakistan. That would be commander safeguard ten years ago.

      • Ghulam.e.Ahmed

        already mentioned ” 3D film for big screen “

  • Better than Cristiano..At least they don’t score tap-in goals..

  • Faraz Masood Khan

    Just saw SpareParts few days back! Awesome guy!!!

  • Muhammad Shohaib Hassan

    aWSOME !

  • Shafen Badar

    Umair Hassan Khan Niazi is my School Friend
    Proud of You My Friend