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Italian Robot Maid Wins Prize At RoboCup

by Staff Writers
Rome (UPI) Jun 22, 2006
An Italian domestic robot that reminds people when to eat, sleep and even when to take medicine, has won a top prize at the RoboCup tournament in Germany. Lucia, a robotic home helper, was created by a team from the Italian National Research Council.

The entry won over hundreds of rivals and came in third in the RoboCup finals this week in Bemen.

"We're really pleased with this result" said Amedeo Cesta of the Institute of Cognition Sciences and Technologies, who led Italy's RoboCup project.

He told the Italian news service ANSA: "The domestic section of the competition is much harder than the other two -- sports-playing machines and rescue devices. Our robots have to recognize voices and interact with humans in a pleasing and natural way."

He also said the robot, Lucia, is "nice to look at."

First place in the competition was taken by a U.S. team from Carnegie Mellon University, with second place going to a German team.

Source: United Press International

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San Francisco (AFP) Jun 21, 2006
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