Danish footballing robots win World Cup in Korea  

Danish robotics industry shows its strengths against global competition

As part of the build up to the "real" World Cup, Korea last week hosted the world championships in robot football, in which Denmark ran out champions in the miniature robot category. Jyllands-Posten reports that a team from the Maersk Institute, closely allied to the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, triumphed over stiff competition from countries including England, Germany, Turkey and Australia to lift the coveted trophy. Odense University's midfield maestro Professor Henrik Hautop Lund captained the victorious side.


The fun and games do have a more serious business perspective, however. Denmark has a long tradition of excellence in industrial automation and has built up countrywide competencies in robotics, the cluster centred on Odense University being especially noteworthy. Industry observers consider that Denmark has the potential to become a European leader in robotics, with commensurate business opportunities for foreign investors. The latest world cup victory in Korea can only add strength to the claim.

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