Vietnam to host Asian students robotics contest next year

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Vietnam will host Robocon, the annual Asian robot contest for students, next year, news website VnExpress quoted an official as saying Sunday.

Pham Viet Tien, chief of Vietnam Television’s Department of Science and Education, said the event is set to become more challenging, with rule changes, like not allowing humans on stage, being made.

Some European contestants would also take part in the event, which was initiated in Japan in 2002 by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, he said.

But the theme, schedule, and location have yet to be decided, he added.

Meanwhile, 32 teams from universities around Vietnam will compete in the finals of the 2012 Robocon Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City from this May 7 to 13.

The winner will represent Vietnam in the international contest to be held in Hong Kong in August.

Every year Robocon has a different theme, which remains the same from the preliminaries right up to the international contest.

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This year it is based on a traditional festival dating back more than 100 years ago in Hong Kong. Competitors have to get their robots to pass bridges and tunnels before landing on an island and climbing a “bun tower” to snatch lucky buns to achieve peace and prosperity.

Vietnamese contestants have made it to the finals seven times, claiming the first prize in 2002, 2004, and 2006.

Last year in Thailand a team from Lac Hong University in the southern province of Dong Nai won the third prize.

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