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Stéphane Menegaldo - 23/05/2018

RoboCup Junior: Poppy is on its way to Montreal

© Inria / Photo G. Scagnelli

The Poppy robot - which was designed by Inria scientists and came to life within the FLOWERS project team - has, over time, become an invaluable assistant in the educational world, in its different forms: Poppy Humanoid , Poppy Torso , Poppy Ergo Junior , Handy ... At the beginning of May, two teams of students won the national final of RoboCup France thanks to Poppy Ergo Jr. and will be heading off to Montreal at the end of June for the world final.

The Poppy Ergo Jr. robots are versatile, open source and you can create them yourself using 3D printing. They were designed for applications in the world of education, for scientific experimentation and for artistic creation. The affordable cost and flexibility of Poppy Ergo Jr. make it the ideal companion for school projects. Created by researchers from the Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest centre, it is marketed by Génération Robots .

RoboCup is an international tournament established to stimulate research in robotics and artificial intelligence. Its ultimate goal is to develop a team of robots capable of beating a human team, world football champions in... 2050. Besides football (where the world champion is Rhoban , from LabRI – Bordeaux Computer Science Research Laboratory), RoboCup includes other challenges, such as "On Stage " (show) and "Rescue " (obstacle course).

On 3 and 5 May, at the Enseirb-Matmeca engineering school, located a few minutes from Inria on the Talence campus, two teams of secondary school and sixth form students took their Poppy Ergo Jr. robots to victory in the "On Stage " category of RoboCup Junior . So, after months working passionately on their projects, they will be representing France alongside other teams during the world final which will take place in Montreal from 16 to 22 June. Congratulations to the teams from the Lycée Saint-Cricq in Pau and the Collège Anatole France in Cadillac!

Bordeaux has submitted its application to host RoboCup 2020 . The winning city will be announced during the RoboCup in Montreal. It would be a marvellous opportunity for France and for the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, to encourage young people to pursue their careers, develop the regional industrial sector and promote an image of leader in a cutting-edge field.

Keywords: LabRI Robotics Poppy FLOWERS Education Popularization Science