1221 GMT February 23, 2020
Some 368 Iranian and foreign teams are taking part in the 12th annual RoboCup IranOpen competitions, said chairman of Iranian RoboCup National Committee.
Morteza Mousakhani further said the competitions, which are underway at Tehran's International Fairground, started on April 4 and will continue until April 7.
He said: "By focusing on artificial intelligence and robotics sectors, we can materialize the directives of Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei designating the current Iranian year as 'Year of Economic Resistance, Production and Employment'."
One of the industrial elements is to concentrate on artificial intelligence and robotics, he said, adding such competitions can help access latest findings in AI and robotics sectors.
Production of software and hardware on basis of artificial intelligence can be a good substitution for the oil sector, he noted.
He continued: "This year, we have seen significant presence of foreign teams in RoboCup IranOpen competitions. 150 teams from 14 countries including the US, Germany, India, Japan, China, Singapore, South Korea, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Mexico, the UK, Turkey, Peru and Iran are taking part in the four-day event."
He also said the competitions are being held in three categories of universities, schools and simulation.
University students are competing in 11 leagues such as humanoid robots, soccer middle size robots, industrial robots, mine detection robots, etc, he added.
In the simulation section, he said, the participating teams are competing in four leagues including rescue simulation, 2D simulated soccer league, 3D simulated soccer league and virtual robots.
"Fortunately, we have received support from Iran's National Elites Foundation (INEF)."
Mousakhani said Iranian researchers have so far manufactured robots such as undersea robots, robots for handicapped people and flyer robots.
"Also, one of the products applied in biomedical engineering is prosthetic hand. It is to be mass produced."