FIRA India aims to propagate and popularize robotics and robotic competitions across India. The Federation of International Robosoccer Association (FIRA) is a non-profit organization which organizes robotic competitions around the globe annually. RoboSoccer competitions started in 1996. FIRA was established on June 5, 1997. FIRA RoboWorld Cup is held every year on global-scale. This is the first time that this event is coming to India. Paris hosted the world Cup in 1998, followed by Brazil (1999), Australia (2000), Beijing (2001), Korea (2002), Austria (2003), Korea (2004), Singapore (2005), Germany (2006), USA (2007), China (2008) and Korea (2009).
The objective of the competition is to promote the spirit of science and technology to our younger generation. It also serves to bring together skilled researchers and students from different backgrounds to challenge one another in developing better robots for technologies of the future. Robotics is an exciting, multi-disciplinary area which integrates intelligent control, communications, image processing, mechatronics, sensor fusion and many other aspects on one single platform. It is a worthwhile learning experience for all who are involved.
Prof. Vadakkepat receiving the FIRA flag from Prof. Kim Jong-Hwan, FIRA President : 20 Aug 2009, Inchon, Korea