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Fiery-haired robot Seldon, our own YouTube sensation, took home a silver at the RoboCup Asia-Pacific 2017 international competition in Thailand. In the “On Stage” category he took second place among young robot developers. Other Russian teams were also successful during the competition. A team from Ekaterinburg took first place in one of the categories, and 5 teams from Tomsk Oblast were also among the winners.
Seldon the Robot, whose masterful rendition of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" has captivated the audiences of multiple robotics competitions, has spent a day in a new role - that of a civil servant. Dressed in a white shirt, a jacket and tie, he went to a meeting with the Governor of Leningrad Oblast Alexander Drozdenko and Chairman of the Regional Parliament, Sergey Bebenin. On 20 October, Seldon changed the tune - instead of hit songs, he vocalized the outline for the Oblast's 2018 budget. The robot, which was built by school students at ITMO’s Robotics Center was all over the news this week and became a star on the “Evening Urgant” late-night show. The fame hasn’t gotten to its head, as Igor Lositsky, the project’s supervisor noted.
From July 25 to 30th, RoboCup-2017 finals were held in Nagoya, Japan. This year, for the first time in the university's history, two teams from ITMO took part in the final stage of the famous tournament. Despite being newcomers, ITMO University's School Team earned its first award - the Novice Award in the On Stage category of the RoboCup Junior league. Team members and their trainers spoke to us about how they prepared for the international contest and what difficulties awaited them at the tournament.