Competing in the small-size football, the Iranian team fielded four 80cm robots, finishing third in the main event of RoboCup 2003.
Japan, the 2002 champion, ended Isfahan's 9-match winning streak as it won the semifinal 4-1 on July 9.
Fighting for the third title, the Isfahani team trounced a Japanese side 8-1.
Isfahan's University of Technology was named by the organizing committee as `Team of RoboCup 2003' with 5.2 points for superior design, advanced control, and unique performance.
Isfahan comprised robot controllers Amir Abdollahi, Houman Aqa-Ebrahimi, Hossein Ostadi, Iraj Hosseini, Hamid-Reza Moballegh, Mohsen Amiri, Mohammad M. DaneshPanah, Amir Goudarzi, and Mehdi Habibi.
Alireza Fadaei-Tehrani headed the Iranian team.
Two teams from Nippon stood top and second.
In 1999, the Tehran-based Sharif University of Technology snatched the world championship title.
In simulation class, a Japanese team stole the show as it lifted the title and the runner-up and third titles went to Sharif and Isfahan universities of Iran respectively.
In the exhibition competitions, Caspian and Iranians of Tehran's University of Science and Technology and Islamic Azad University of Qazvin, northwestern Iran, ranked first to third respectively.
Thirty-four countries pitted 250 teams in the world competitions.
Iranian teams arrive in Mehrabad International Airport at 03:00 a.m. Friday.
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