The 2013 RoboCup German Open took place from April 26-28. Now in its 16th year, the event brought 43 international RoboCup Major League teams from 14 countries to test their skills in soccer, rescue and service robots. It also drew 158 German RoboCup Junior teams comprised of more than 500 young folks, who competed in the areas of soccer, rescue and dance.
Here's a bit more about this fantastic annual tournament:
RoboCup is an international scientific initiative with the goal to advance the state of the art of intelligent robots. When established in 1997, the original mission was to field a team of robots capable of winning against the human soccer World Cup champions by 2050. While that mission remains, RoboCup has since expanded into other relevant application domains based on the needs of modern society.
Take a peek at the gallery below for a sample of what was on display at Germany's 2013 RoboCup. The Netherlands will be hosting a RoboCup as well from June 26-30 if you happen to be in the area.