ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Students of National University of Sciences and Technology have pulled up their socks to take part in the annual RoboCup 2016.

Robocup is an event featuring 32 universities that will be held in Leipzig, Germany from June 27 to July 4. During the event, different competitions will throw down the gauntlet to robots instead of humans. Pakistan’s premier university NUST qualified for the third time to take part in the international robotics event with their six NAO humanoid robots.

Although NUSTIANS feel elated at becoming part of RoboCup, they are fearful of missing the event owing to a lack of funds.

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The supervisor of the 10 member team Dr Yasar Ayaz also expressed his views regarding the team’s uncertain participation.

“Our dream came true this year when the university managed to allocate 1.5 million rupees ($14,336) for the team’s travel to Germany. The amount is enough only for three students instead of all 10 involved in the project to travel to Germany,” he said.

The robots which will showcase their skills in RoboCup are programmed to act in an interactive manner, noting the movement of the opposite team’s robot and acting accordingly.

RoboCup was founded with an aim to create the ultimate team of robots by the middle of the 21st Century that is good enough to beat human soccer players, particularly, the FIFA World Cup Champions of the year 2050