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ASU RoboSoc Devils
USA

Team Contact:
Georgios Fainekos

Institutes:
School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University

Team Profile: None provided.
Research Topics: None provided.
Team Report: N/A


Austrian Kangaroos
Austria

Team Contact:
Dietmar Schreiner, Alexander Hofmann

Institutes:
Vienna University of Technology – Compilers and Languages Group
University of Applied Sciences Technikum Vienna

Team Profile: The Austrian Kangaroos are a team of volunteers, consisting of undergraduates, graduates, and researchers from Vienna University of Technology and University of Applied Sciences Technikum Vienna. The Kangaroos participated in RoboCup for the first time in Graz, 2009. Since then numerous students run through our robotic based education gaining experience in research and development within a challenging but entertaining environment. Parts of our professional research activities have been disseminated into other domains like the automotive industry and the game engineering business.
Research Topics: Biomimetics, safety and security, computational intelligence, computer vision
Team Report: Research Report 2014
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AUTMan
Iran

Team Contact:
Soroush Sadeghnejad

Institutes:
Humanoid Robotic Center, Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran PolyTechnic)

Team Profile: AUTMan NAO team is one of the active research groups which are working on Standard Platform robots at Humanoid Robotic Laboratory in Amirkabir Robotic Center of Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT). AUTMan team has formed to begin his project due to the basis of experience of Humanoid League which has been in progress since June 2010 and Soccer Simulation league which is active since 2004. AUTMan NAO Team consists of undergraduate and graduate students in the departments of Computer Engineering and Information Technology, Mechanical and Electrical Engineerings.
Research Topics: Gait Generation, Computer Vision, Probabilistic State Estimation, Machine Learning, Multi-Robot Localization, Motion Behavior.
Team Report: AUTMan2012-TDP.pdf


Bembelbots
Germany

Team Contact:
Andreas Fürtig

Institutes:
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Team Profile: The RoboCup team Bembelbots was founded in 2009 at the Goethe University Frankfurt (Main), Germany as a group fully organized by students. As there is no robotics group at the university, the team should help students to increase their experience in robotics, as well as programming skills in addition to the theoretical orientation of the computer science degree program of the university. The team does not have any constant financial resources, so a lot of resources are used to afford robot upgrades and additional hardware.
Research Topics: Machine Learning, Localization, Behavior Modeling
Team Report: 2016 Team Report


Berlin United – Nao Team Humboldt (BU-NaoTH)
Germany

Team Contact:
Heinrich Mellmann

Institutes:
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Adaptive Systems Group

 

Team Profile: Nao Team Humboldt (NaoTH) is part of the Adaptive Systems group at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a member of the joint research group”Berlin United”, together with the RoboCup team FUmanoids (KidSize League) from the Freie Universität Berlin. Established at the end of 2007, NaoTH is the successor of the Aibo Team Humboldt (part of the former German Team). The team mainly consists of graduate and undergraduate students and is closely involved with the teaching and mentorship. Our recent successes include achieving 3rd place in the outdoor competitions and quarterfinals at the RoboCup world championship in Leipzig, Germany, and reaching the finals at the European Open in Eindhoven. Our codebase is original and progressively developed over the years. It is based on a modular architecture that enables our research. Our research interests span a wide spectrum ranging from software architecture for autonomous robots, basic motion control, vision, perception, and modeling to high level planning.Two of our most recent projects have been simulation based decision making, and an infrastructure for gathering and evaluation of the data from the RoboCup games. The latter project aims to foster data driven research within RoboCup and is supported by a 2017 RCF League Development grant.
Research Topics: Simulation Based Decision Making, Situation Modelling (self localization, local object modelling, semantic mapping), Attention Control, Dynamic Motion Control (walk, ball handling)
Team Report: Team Report 2016


B-Human
Germany

Team Contact:
Thomas Röfer, Tim Laue

Institutes:
DFKI Bremen, Cyber-Physical Systems
University of Bremen, Department of Computer Science

Team Profile: B-Human consists of students from the University of Bremen in their advanced study period and researchers from the DFKI Bremen. In the past, members of the B-Human team participated in different RoboCup leagues. Since 2009, B-Human won every RoboCup German Open, the only European Open as well as the RoboCup World Championships 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2016. We also won the RoboCupTechnical Challenges in 2009, 2013, 2014, and 2015 and the Drop-in Player competitions at the RoboCupGerman Open 2014 and 2015 and at the RoboCup 2014 and 2016. In addition, B-Human team members earned the Best Paper Award at the RoboCup Symposiums 2010 and 2013. In 2017, we intend to participate again in the RoboCup German Open and in the RoboCup World Championship.
Research Topics: Probabilistic state estimation, real-time computer vision, robot simulation, humanoid walking
Team Report: 2016 Team Report and Code Release


Blue Spider
China

Team Contact:
Huang Baojuan, (Team email)

Institutes:
Xi’an Jiaotong University

Team Profile: Blue Spider, founded in 2009, is a collegial team which belongs to Xi’an Jiaotong University Engineering Workshop. Our main task is to develop high-performance software in order to drive Nao Robots to play better in football matches. The goal of our team is to participate in the RoboCup World Championships and also improve students’ ability of programming as well as innovation practices. At present, our team consists of two professors, three postgraduate students and seven undergraduate students. In 2013, we took part in the Chinese RoboCup Open Competition and achieved the fourth-place finish in the Standard Platform League competitive programs. At the same time, we do some related scientific researches through the platform of Nao Robots and take an active part in public welfare activities as well. With the efforts of all team members, we believe that we will achieve more success at the RoboCup World Championships.
Research Topics: Not available
Team Report: Not available


BURST
Israel

Team Contact:
Gal Kaminka, Eli Kolberg, Matan Keidar, Eran Polosetski

Institutes:
Maverick lab, Department of Computer Science, Bar-Ilan University
School of Engineering, Bar-Ilan University

Team Profile: Team consists of graduate and undergraduate students of Bar-Ilan University. BURST participated in Robocup 2009. BURST qualified to the top 16 in Robocup 2009.
Research Topics: Learning bi-pedal walking, Multi-robot formations, Multi-robot area patrol, Visual SLAM
Team Report: BURST09Report.pdf


Camellia Dragons
Japan

Team Contact:
Kenta HidakaKunikazu Kobayashi

Institutes:
Aichi Prefectural University

Team Profile: Camellia Dragons was organized in October, 2013 at Aichi Prefectural University (APU), Japan. The team consists of five masters students, ten undergraduate students, and two faculty members. All of them are affiliated with Intelligent Machine Learning laboratory (IML lab) at APU. The team made a debut at the SPL competition for RoboCup Japan Open 2014 and won first place in the main competition. In 2015, we also participated in the SPL competition for RoboCup Japan Open 2015. Finally, we won first place in the main competition in a row and also went to the top in the technical challenge. In RoboCup Japan Open 2016, we awarded second place in the main competition. The team also challenged to RoboCup 2015 in Hefei, China and participated in the drop-in player competition and three technical challenges. In RoboCup 2016 in Leipzig, Germany, the team firstly participated in the main competition, which was the first Japanese team to join it.
Research Topics: Cooperative behavior, Real-time object recognition, Dynamic role assignment, Self-localization, Human-robot interaction.
Team Report: Not available


Cerberus
Turkey

Team Contact:
Prof. H. Levent Akın, Okan Aşık

Institutes:
Computer Engineering Department of Boğaziçi University

Team Profile: Cerberus has been participating in RoboCup SPL competitions since 2001 except 2004. Cerberus was ranked first in the Technical Challenges in 2005 and made it to the quarter finals in 2006 and 2008. Cerberus took the fourth place in RoboCup German Open 2007. Cerberus 2015 team consists of seven students and their advisor Prof. H. Levent Akın. Two of the members are PhD students and one of them is an MSc student. The other members are undergraduate students who are participating in the team as a part of their graduation project. Our main focus is the development of successful autonomous multi-agent systems.
Research Topics: Multi-agent planning, reinforcement learning, computer vision.
Team Report: Team Report


Crude Scientists
Taiwan, R.O.C

Team Contact:
N.M.Mayer, Wen Chun(Bella) Chen, Ming Lan(Lanny) Chang

Institutes:
Electrical Engineering Department of National Chung Cheng University

Team Profile: The Crude Scientists Team is from the Electrical Engineering Department of National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. We were founded in 2009 and have participated the RoboCup 2009 @home league in Singapore. After that we changed our research topic into SPL league and participated every RoboCup Japan Open competition since 2012. In both 2012 and 2013 the Crude Scientists Team reached the first place. In 2014, we intend to participate in the RoboCup Japan Open Championship and the RoboCup World competition in Brazil.
Research Topics: robot intention detection and robot acoustic communication
Team Report: Not available


Cuauhpipiltin
Mexico

Team Contact:
Marco Morales

Institutes:
Robotics Laboratory, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM)
Computer Science Group, Centro de Investigacion en Matematicas A.C. (CIMAT)
Department of Mathematics, Universidad de Guanajuato (DEMAT-UG)
School of Engineering, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Avanzados (CINVESTAV) Saltillo

Team Profile: The Cuauhpipiltin SPL team is an international RoboCup 2012 SPL participant. Our project is a collaborative effort of five renowned mexican institutions: ITAM, CIMAT, UNAM, DEMAT-UG, and CINVESTAV. The team consists of undergraduate students from ITAM, UNAM and DEMAT-UG and master students from CIMAT as well as five researchers. Our team was founded as the Eagle Knights team in ITAM in 2003, competing with the Aibo robots in RoboCup 2005, 2006, and 2007, and with the Nao Robots in RoboCup 2008 and 2009. This year, we compite under the original nahua name Cuauhpipiltin from cuauhtli (eagle) and pilli (noble person), one of the two high ranking mexica military orders.
Research Topics: Vision, localization, motion planning and control
Team Report: tdp_spl_ek_robocup2012.pdf


DAInamite
Germany

Team Contact:
Martin Berger

Institutes:
Technische Universität Berlin
DAI-Labor

Team Profile: Team DAInamite transitioned in the end of 2011 from 2D-simulation to SPL. The team is constituted of individuals from Faculty IV (EECS) and Faculty II (Math&Nat.Sc.) of TU Berlin and participates in SPL related activities since its debut in German Open 2012 competitions.
Research Topics: bipedal locomotion, multi-agent systems and coordination
Team Report: DAInamite TDP 2014


Dutch Nao Team
The Netherlands

Team Contact:
Caitlin Lagrand
Sébastien Negrijn

Institutes:
Universiteit van Amsterdam, Faculty of Science, Informatics Institute
Maastricht University, Department of Knowledge Engineering

Team Profile: The Dutch Nao Team consists of bachelor and master students, supported by a senior staff-member. The team debuted at the German Open 2010 and made its breakthrough by qualifying for RoboCup Istanbul in 2011.
Research Topics: Computer vision, behaviour control, world modeling, probabilistic robotics, machine learning
Team Report: 2017 Team Qualification


Edinferno
United Kingdom

Team Contact:
Subramanian Ramamoorthy, Alejandro Bordallo

Institutes:
The University of Edinburgh Informatics
Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour

Team Profile: Our team made its RoboCup debut in the 2011 world cup held in Istanbul, Turkey, where we entered both in the Standard Platform League and the 2D Simulation League. We competed in the 2012 Mexico City RoboCup competition, where our team reached the quarter-finals, losing to the defending champions. We have participated from every year since, and from 2015 we are constructing from the ground up a Robot Operating System (ROS) based infrastructure. With past years experience and ample ROS knowledge, we aim to participate on the drop-in competition and technical challenges, and provide a solid foundation for future iterations building towards the main competition.
Research Topics: Autonomous decision making under uncertainty, learning in single/multi-agent environments, HRI and strategic interaction and navigation through intention prediction.
Team Report: Edinferno 2015 Team Report


Nao-Team HTWK
Germany

Team Contact:
Rico Tilgner

Institutes:
Faculty of Computer Science, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Leipzig University of Applied Sciences

Team Profile: The Nao-Team HTWK is a RoboCup team that consists of graduate and undergraduate students of Leipzig University of Applied Sciences and was founded in 2009. The team participated in RoboCup 2009-2011 as well as the RoboCup German Open 2009-2011.
Research Topics: Evolutionary Algorithms, Biped Walking, Artificial Intelligence, Multi-Robot Coordination, Computer Vision, Localization
Team Report: 2016 Code Release


HULKs – Hamburg Ultra Legendary Kickers
Germany

Team Contact:
Patrick Göttsch

Institutes:
Technical University of Hamburg

Team Profile: HULKs is student association of graduate and undergraduate students established in 2013 working in their leisure time or in thesis works on RoboCup SPL topics. We developed an own NAO framework. Team members participated at RoboCup in 2014, 2015 and 2016, GemanOpens in 2014 and 2015 and EuropeanOpen in 2016. For 2015 and 2017 we were Prequalifed for the RoboCup. Together with the BitBots we organize the RoHOW for the last three years.
Research Topics: Fast and reliable software frameworks, biped walking, machine learning, computer vision
Team Report: 2016 Team Report


JoiTech-SPL
Japan

Team Contact:
Jorge Luis CopeteMasaya Kataoka

Institutes:
Asada Laboratory Department of Adaptive Machine Systems, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan

Team Profile: Team JoiTech-SPL is originally derived from RoboCup team JoiTech, which participated in competitions of Humanoid AdultSize League since Japan Open 2010. Team JoiTech is composed of masters and doctoral students at Emergent Robotics Laboratory, Osaka University. This team was first started up as a new team in cooperation with students at Osaka Institute of Technology in RoboCup Japan Open 2010. The team name, JoiTech, is an acronym for “JEAP and Osaka Institute of Technology”, and it also means “joint team with Institute of Technology” and “enjoy technology”. The team had focused on Humanoid League AdultSize for several years. In RoboCup 2013 it took the league champion and best humanoid award. Then we decided to shift our focus to Standard Platform League. As the new team also kept the spirit of the original team, we design our team name by adding “SPL” to the original team name “JoiTech”.
Research Topics: Localization and Multi-Agent Cooperation
Team Report: Not available


Kouretes
Greece

Team Contact:
Michail G. Lagoudakis

Institutes:
School of Electronic and Computer Engineering
Technical University of Crete

Team Profile: Kouretes is the RoboCup team of the Technical University of Crete in Chania, Greece. The team consists mainly of undergraduate students working on their diploma thesis on selected robocup-related topics. Kouretes participates in RoboCup competitions since 2006. The team ranked 2nd in the MSRS contest at RoboCup 2007, 1st in the SPL-MSRS league at RoboCup 2008, 3rd in the SPL-Nao league at RoboCup 2008, and 2nd in the SPL Open Challenge at RoboCup 2011. In 2013, the team released NAOKinematics, a stand-alone C++ library for complete kinematics of the NAO humanoid robot.
Research Topics: robot software architectures, humanoid robot kinematics, onmidirectional stable walk, reliable local and global state estimation, dynamic team coordination
Team Report: TDP 2013


L3M
France Spain

Team Contact:
Vincent HUGEL

Institutes:
Laboratoire d’Ingenierie des Systemes de Versailles (LISV), Universite de Versailles (UVSQ), France
Laboratoire d’Informatique Avancee de Saint-Denis (LIASD), Universite Paris 8 (UP8), France
Institut des Sciences et Techniques de Yvelines (ISTY), UVSQ, France
Departamento de Ingenieria de la Informacion y las Comunicaciones, Grupo de Investigacion de Ingenieria Aplicada (GIIA), Universidad de Murcia, Espana
Instituto Universitario de Automatica e Informatica Industrial (AI2), Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV), Espana

Team Profile: The L3M team (alias “Les Trois Mousquetaires”, “Los Tres Mosqueteros”, “The Three Musketeers”) will be a French-Spanish joint team composed of master students and professors from Universities and institutes of both countries. French members are within “Universite de Versailles”, “Universite Paris 8” and “ISTY” Versailles University Engineering school. Spain members come from “Universidad de Murcia” and “Universidad Politecnica de Valencia”. The French and Spanish members participated in the AIBO league for several years. Best results of L3M participations in RoboCup include 1st rank in 1999, 2nd in 2001, and fourth in 2002. The team Los Hidalgos from Spain won the RomeCup in 2010 in the SPL.
Research Topics: Mobile robotics, legged locomotion, mechanics, real time embedded systems, sensorization and perception, embedded vision.
Team Report: N/A


Linköping Humanoids
Sweden

Team Contact:
Fredrik Heintz
Fredrik Löfgren

Institutes:
Department of Computer and Information Science
Linköping University

Team Profile: Linköping Humanoids is a joint effort at Linköping university between the student association FIA Robotics and the Division for Artificial Intelligence and Integrated Computer Systems (AIICS) at the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDA).
Research Topics: AI, cognitive robotics, multi-agent systems, machine learning, stream reasoning, and software development for autonomous systems.
Team Report: Not available


Luxembourg United
Luxembourg

Team Contact:
Patrice Caire
Claudio Cimarelli
Yan Medernach

Institutes:
University of Luxembourg – SnT (Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust)

Team Profile: Luxembourg United, created early 2016, can be considered a relatively young team. We are part of the Social Robotics Laboratory of the SnT-uni.lu. We created the team to address challenging research questions, motivate students, provide applications for the industry and federate a wide range of research areas under a common framework: robot soccer competition. Our team background is in Machine Learning, Optimisation, Multi-Agent Systems, Coalition Formation, Distributed AI, Human-Robot Interaction and security for mobile service robots. We built our full-size pitch early this year, as per the latest official regulations, in the heart of Luxembourg’s European institutions and look forward to host friendly competitions. We attended RoHOW in Hamburg (2016) and participated to the German Open (2017) in Magdeburg, where we won the 1st place of the Challenge Shield.
Research Topics: Deep learning, reinforcement learning, passing, kicking motion, balance walking, optimisation, human-robot interaction.
Team Report: 2017 Qualification


MiPal
Australia Spain

Team Contact:
Vladimir Estivill-Castro

Institutes:
Griffith University
Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Team Profile: Mi-Pal has a long involvement and participation in RoboCup. Prof. Estivill-Castro supervised the student team that was champion of the RoboCup Jr (Higher Education Mindstorms category) in Seattle in 2001, and was a team member of the NewBots (U. of Newcastle) that finished 3rd in 2001. As Mi- Pal, the team participated in the RoboCup SONY League in 4 consecutive years (2003-2006). We were recognised for our debugging tools on the SONY Aibo platforms as well as for our software architecture and vision systems. We also participated in RoboCup@Home twice (2006-2007). With the Nao platform, we have participated in the full competition and the technical challenges in Istanbul (2011), in Mexico City (2012), in Eindhoven (2013), while in 2014 in Joao Pessoa we participated in the technical challenges and drop in challenge. At those venues, the team performed competitively.
Research Topics: Software architecture for Robotics, Behaviour Modelling, Task Planning, Machine Learning
Team Report: Not available


MRL-SPL
Iran

Team Contact:
Novin ShahroudiMohammadreza Hassanzadeh

Institutes:
Mechatronics Research Laboratory, Qazvin Azad University

Team Profile: MRL-SPL team, under the supervision of Qazvin Azad University (QIAU), is one of the research groups of the Mechatronics Research Laboratory (MRL), dedicated to working in the field of biped robots. MRL is present in RoboCup different leagues since 2002. We have been an active participant of RoboCup SPL since 2009. The team has achieved three 1st place in RoboCup Iran Open and one 3rd place in RoboCup German Open.
Research Topics: Online Joint/Camera Calibration, Framework Development, Monte Carlo Self-Localization, Active Vision and Dynamic Head Motion, Computer Vision using Neural Network Learning Methods, Multi-Agent Cooperation and Coordination, Biped Walk, KinetoStatic and Dynamic Analysis, Ground Reference Points in Biped Locomotion, Off-Line and Online Walking Pattern Generation, Simplified Dynamic Models of a Biped Robot Considering the Dynamics of Upper Body.
Team Report: Not available


Nao Devils Dortmund
Germany

Team Contact:
Oliver Urbann, Matthias Hofmann, Ingmar Schwarz

Institutes:
Robotics Research Institute, TU Dortmund

Team Profile: The team consists of researchers and students of TU Dortmund University. We participate in RoboCup competitions since 2002 with several different teams: Microsoft Hellhounds and as part of the German Team (4-Legged-League), DoHBots (Humanoid League), and BreDoBrothers (together with University Bremen) and now as Nao Devils Dortmund in the Standard Platform League.
Research Topics: biped walking, computer vision, stochastic filtering, artificial intelligence
Team Report: 2016 Code Release

NomadZ

Switzerland

Team Contact:
Marc Naumann
Simon Maurer

Institutes:
Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering ETH Zurich
Automatic Control Laboratory (IfA)
Computer Vision Laboratory (CVL)

Team Profile: The NomadZ from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, formerly known as Z-Knipsers, participated for the first time in the RoboCup 2016 Team Competition. The team consists of five to ten undergraduate students supervised by Ph.D. students. Our work is based on the B-Human code release 2013 and we have implemented modifications and additions in the area of perception, behavior and to a limited extent in motor control. For the RoboCup 2017, we have qualified for the team competition and are aiming to improve on last year’s results.
Research Topics: Self-Localization, Object Detection and Avoidance, Motion Control, Passing and Robot Formation.
Team Report: Not available


Northern Bites
USA

Team Contact:
Eric Chown, Dan Zeller

Institutes:
Bowdoin College

Team Profile: The Northern Bites are a team of undergraduates from a small (less than 2000 total students) Liberal Arts College in Maine. The College has only four computer science faculty and no graduate students. The team has competed in RoboCup since 2006 and during that time has won a World Championship in 2007, finished second in 2009 and third in 2008. The team also has numerous top 8 finishes.
Research Topics: Cognitive robotics, machine vision, robot architecture, machine learning
Team Report: Not available


NTU RoboPAL
Taiwan

Team Contact:
Chi-Shen (Daniel) Shih, (Team email)

Institutes:
Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Taiwan University

Team Profile: The team consists of graduate and undergraduate students highly interested in solving real-world multi­robot research issues in terms of perception, behavior, and motion. Started from 2009, NTU

RoboPAL participated in RoboCup SPL and made it to the quarter-final in 2009 and won the third place in 2011.

Research Topics: Multi-robot localization and tracking, multi-robot cooperative perception, activity recognition, motion planning, multi-robot navigation, imitation learning
Team Report: 2015 Team Report


Philosopher
Estonia

Team Contact:
Andreas Ragen Ayal, Anastasia Bolotnikova

Institutes:
iCV group at IMS Lab of University of Tartu

Team Profile: Philosopher is a robot soccer team from the University of Tartu, Estonia, and so far, has been the only RoboCup participant from Estonia. The Team was established in January 2013, and successfully managed to prepare the materials, robots and strategies, as well as gain funding, within a comparatively-short time-interval, leading it to participate in the RoboCup Standard Platform League Championship 2014. We are also planning to participate in the 2015 Competitions, and have already been qualified to do so. In the 2014 Competitions, a couple of accredited companies sponsored our participation, and due to the Team’s satisfactory performance, in the upcoming competitions, not only they are supporting us again, but also some other companies have shown interest in sponsoring us heretofore. Our team consists of six student members, namely, Siim Schults, Viljard Puusepp, Rainer Keerdo, Anastasia Bolotnikova, Andres Traumann and Morteza Daneshmand, and two supervisors, namely, Gholamreza Anbarjafari and Alvo Aabloo. All the team members are doing, or already have done, their studies on subjects related to robotics. Besides, at the moment, they are constantly working on tasks contributing to the enhancement of their own part, which fall, mainly, in the areas of self-localization system, automatization of color calibration process, robot motion melioration and game strategy.
Research Topics: object detection, development and enhancement of game strategy and melioration of such systems as localization and odometry
Team Report: Not available


Portuguese Team
Portugal

Team Contact:
Joao Silva, Nuno Lau

Institutes:
University of Aveiro
IEETA – Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro
University of Porto
University of Minho
LIACC – Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Lab. – Porto
INESC-P – Institute for Systems and Computers Engineering – Porto

Team Profile: The Portuguese Team is composed by members of the three Portuguese teams that achieved better results in RoboCup European and World championships: FC Portugal, CAMBADA and 5DPO. Researchers from three different universities (Universities of Aveiro, Porto and Minho) in Portugal join efforts to build a new research oriented and competitive SPL team.
Research Topics: Multi-Agent Systems (MAS); coordination in MAS; Agent based simulation; Game analysis, strategic reasoning and tactical modeling; Multi-robot monitoring and debugging; Sensor and information fusion; Real time image processing, including stereo vision; Bridging the gap between simulated and real robotics.
Team Report: PortugueseTeam_TDP2012.pdf


RFC St.Ellingen
Germany

Team Contact:
J.Schönefeld

Institutes:
Department of Computer Engineering, University of Hamburg

Team Profile: The team consists of graduate and undergraduate students of the University of Hamburg. RFC St.Ellingen has been participating in RoboCup from 2004 to 2007 as “Hamburg DogBots” in the Four Legged League (FFL). Since 2009 the team is participating in the German Open SPL. The participation was part of the RoboCup courses (2003 until present), that offered undergraduate, master, diploma and PhD students the opportunity to study robotics in depth. During this period the research group “Technical Information Systems” (TIS) has been responsible for the courses.The team is also engaged in education and making Robotics accessible to a broad audience. The team has been offering public games in this time and in the last three years the team has been offering a one week project for high school students, where the students could program simple agents in the RoboCup setting.
Research Topics: Self localization, image analysis, machine vision, humanoid robot motion, reinforcement learning
Team Report: N/A


Rimal Team Humanoid
Saudi Arabia

Team Contact:
Mohammed Al Dabbous

Institutes:
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Team Profile: A group of Faculty and students from Systems Engineering Department at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. This team is the first professional research team to participate in RoboCup Competition from Saudi Arabia.
Research Topics: mobile and humanoid robots, embedded and mobile devices, localization, navigation, and mapping, planning and reasoning, decision making under uncertainty, adaptive systems
Team Report: Report


RoboCanes
USA

Team Contact:
Andreas Seekircher, Saminda Abeyruwan, Ubbo Visser

Institutes:
Department of Computer Science, University of Miami

Team Profile: The Team consists of graduate students of the AI, Games & Robotics LAB. RoboCanes participated in RoboCup since 2010 in the 3D Soccer Simulation League and reached 2nd places in the 2012 and 2014 World Cup, won the German Open 2011 and was runner-up at the Iran Open 2012. It is the team’s 4th year in the SPL.
Research Topics: Learnable knowledge representation, motions, biped walking control, multi-agent cooperation, self-localization, obstacle avoidance, parameter optimization, reinforcement learning.
Team Report: Not available


RoboEireann
Ireland

Team Contact:
Rudi Villing
John McDonald

Institutes:
Department of Electronic Engineering, Maynooth University
Department of Computer Science, Maynooth University

Team Profile: RoboEireann is Ireland’s only SPL team and comprises students and staff from the Maynooth University Electronic Engineering and Computer Science departments. In previous competitions we have attained 1st place in RoboCup 2008 as part of NUManoids (a joint effort with Newcastle University, Australia), 1st place in RoboCup 2011 Technical Challenge, 2nd place in the 2012 German Open, and the quarter-finals of RoboCup 2013.
Research Topics: Computer vision, robust localization, individual and multi-agent behaviour, closed-loop kinematics, software for autonomous systems.
Team Report: Not available


SpelBots
USA

Team Contact:
Dr. Yolanda Rankin, Dr. Jakita Thomas, Jazette Johnson, Daria Jordan

Institutes:
Spelman College

Team Profile: The SpelBots team consists of undergraduate women students in computer science and engineering, mathematics, and biology. SpelBots have competed in international and local/regional RoboCup events since 2005. The team will compete in the RoboCup 2014 Brazil in the Standard Platform League.
Research Topics: Humanoids as Emotionally Intelligent Agents, K-12 robotics education
Team Report: Not available


SPiTeam
Spain

Team Contact:
Francisco Martin Rico

Institutes:
Department of Telematuc Systems and Communications, Rey Juan Carlos University

Team Profile: Team consists of graduate and undergraduate students of URJC Robotics Lab. The members of the team participated in RoboCup (or regional competitions) since 2004 to 2008 (four-legged and SPL) in the TeamChaos. SPiTeam was created in 2009 to participate in the SPL league. Our best record was in German Open 2012, where we finisehd 5th in the rank.
Research Topics: Self localization, robot cooperation, behavior architectures, Real Time 3D vision
Team Report: report.pdf


SPQR Team
Italy

Team Contact:
Francesco Riccio, Federico Patota

Institutes:
Department of Computer, Control and Managemente engineering “Antonio Ruberti” at La Sapienza University of Rome

Team Profile: SPQR Team is the RoboCup team of the Department of Computer, Control and Managemente engineering “Antonio Ruberti” at La Sapienza University of Rome. Our team participate in RoboCup competitions since 1998 in different leagues: Middle-size(1998-2002), Four-legged(2000-2007), Real-Rescue(2003-2006), Virtual-Rescue(2006-2008), Standard Platform League since 2008. During 2013 we won the first place at the Iran Open, and the third place at the German Open.
Research Topics: Multi-robot coordination, multi-object tracking and self localization, real-time
Team Report: Qualification Report 2015


Team-NUST
Pakistan

Team Contact:
Dr. Yasar Ayaz, Muhammad Talha Imran

Institutes:
Robotics and Intelligent Systems Engineering (RISE) Research Center, SMME, NUST

Team Profile: Team-NUST was established formally in 2013 in the Legged Robotics Group of RISE Research Center, SMME, NUST, Pakistan with the aim of carrying out research in the rapidly progressing field of humanoid robotics, artificial intelligence, machine vision, motion planning, kinematics and navigation; with the motivation to participate in RoboCup Standard Platform League.
Research Topics: Robust and predictable kicking motion, multi-agent cooperative behavior, motion planning, localization and mapping, probabilistic reasoning.
Team Report: Team Description Paper


TJArk
China

Team Contact:
Li Shu
Zeng Zhiying

Institutes:
College of Electronics and Information Engineering, Tongji University

Team Profile: TJArk was established in 2004 as a part of the Robots and Intelligent Systems Lab of Tongji University in China. The team consists graduates and undergraduates. All the members of this team are from Control Science and Control Engineering Department. The TJArk participated in the RoboCup SPL competition from 2006 through 2016. We entered the quarter finals in RoboCup 2007, RoboCup 2008 and RoboCup 2016. We are the SPL Champion in RoboCup China Open in latest 4 years. In 2017, we intend to participate in the RoboCup World Championship and RoboCup China Open.
Research Topics: Pattern Recogition, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Motion Control of Biped Robot, Multi-agent Systems
Team Report: 2016 Code Release


UChile Robotics Team
Chile

Team Contact:
Gabriel Azocar
Kenzo Lobos

Institutes:
University of Chile
Advanced Mining Technology Center

Team Profile: The UChile robotics team is an effort of the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Universidad de Chile in order to foster research in mobile robotics. The team is involved in RoboCup competitions since 2003 in different leagues: Four-legged 2003-2007, Humanoid in 2007-2010, and Standard Platform League from 2008.
Research Topics: Mobile robotics and computer vision: Perception, probabilistic estimation, fuzzy models, self localization and reinforcement learning.
Team Report: 2016 Code Release


UnBeatables
Brazil

Team Contact:
De Hong Jung, Cristiana Miranda

Institutes:
LARA (Laboratory of Robotics and Automation), UNB (University of Brasilia)

Team Profile: Created in 2014 and affiliated with the University of Brasilia, UnBeatables is the only Brazilian team that has ever participated in the Standard Platform division of the Robocup. Composed of mostly graduation students we have achieved titles for the drop-in only category in both events we have participated: The 2014 Robocup in Joao Pessoa, Brazil and the 2014 LARC (Latin American Robotics Competition) in Sao Carlos, Brazil. This year we hope to expand our team and to do our best in the Robocup.
Research Topics: Motion control, human-robot interaction, indoor mapping and localization
Team Report: Not available


UNSW Sydney
Australia

Team Contact:
Claude Sammut, Maurice Pagnucco, Brad Hall

Institutes:
UNSW Sydney

Team Profile: UNSW Sydney is the UNSW Sydney team in the RoboCup SPL. The team is mostly made up of undergraduate students from the School of Computer Science and Engineering, with some postgraduate and alumni members. Undergraduate students are often enrolled in an Honours thesis or Special Project course as part of their studies.
Research Topics: Autonomous Systems is a priority research topic in robotics at CSE, UNSW. Our general research focus, of which the RoboCup SPL is a part, is to:

  • further develop reasoning methods that incorporate uncertainty and real-time constraints and that integrate with the statistical methods used in SLAM and perception
  • develop methods for using estimates of uncertainty to guide future decision making so as to reduce the uncertainty
  • extend these methods for multi-robot cooperation
  • use symbolic representations as the basis for human-robot interaction
  • develop learning algorithms for hybrid systems, such as using knowledge of logical constraints to restrict the search of a trial-and-error learner and learning the constraints
  • develop high level symbolic robotic languages that provide abstractions for a large range of deliberation, planning and learning techniques so as to simplify robot programming
Team Report: 2016 Code Release


UPennalizers
USA

Team Contact:
Dr.Daniel Lee
Yongbo Qian

Institutes:
General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory
School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania

Team Profile: The UPennalizers consists of graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Pennsylvania and is led by Dr.Daniel Lee of the GRASP Lab. Our team participated in the RoboCupinternational competitions from 1999 through 2006 using Aibo robots, and won the 2nd place in 2003. Since 2009, we returned to the Standard Platform League and made to the quarterfinals in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016. In U.S, we participated in the RoboCup U.S Open every year and won the championships in 2013 and 2014. The lab also had a 5-year Championship team in the RoboCup Humanoid League.
Research Topics: Machine learning, computer vision, self-localization, path planning and obstacle avoidance, feedback based walk/motion engine, multi-robot coordination
Team Report: 2016 Team Report, 2016 Code Release


UT Austin Villa
USA

Team Contact:
Katie Genter
Josiah Hanna
Jacob Menashe

Institutes:
Department of Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin

Team Profile: Our team is from the University of Texas at Austin. We participated in the Aibo league starting in 2003 and started with the Naos in 2007. We also field a team in the RoboCup 3D simulation league. We won the 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2016 SPL US Opens. At the international RoboCup SPL competitions, we made the quarterfinals in 2009, won 3rd place in 2010 and 2013, finished in 2nd place in 2016, and won the championship in 2012.
Research Topics: Self localization, vision algorithms, multi-agent task allocation, obstacle avoidance, reinforcement learning, ad hoc teamwork
Team Report: 2016 Code Release

UTH-CAR
Mexico

Team Contact:
Diego Mauricio Reyes, Alberto E. Petrilli Barceló

Institutes:
UTH
UNACAR

Team Profile: UTH-CAR is a new team in the SPL League. The team is formed by two Mexican institutions: the Technological University of Huejotzingo and the Autonomous University of Carmen. The project is formed by undergraduate students under the direction of researchers of both institutions.
Research Topics: Humanoid Perception, Visual SLAM, Image Processing, Machine Learning.
Team Report: team-report.pdf?


UTS Unleashed!
Australia

Team Contact:
Mary-Anne Williams

Institutes:
Innovation and Enterprise Research Laboratory

Team Profile: UTS Unleashed! was established in 2003 and is known for its innovative style having developed the first dodge behavior in the legged league. The UTS Dodge transformed the game and was widely adopted after UTS introduced it in 2004. UTS Unleashed! were the Australian Champions in 2004, won the Scientific Challenges and were Runners Up at RoboCup 2004. In 2006 UTS were the first Robot Soccer Team to be invited to China where they played against all the Chinese Legged Teams in Exhibition Matches in Suzhou for China Science Week. In 2008 UTS Unleashed! joined forces with USTC robot soccer team to create WrightEagle Unleashed! More recently UTSUnleashed! developed the killer Ninja Kick.
Research Topics: Artificial intelligence, Commonsense Reasoning, Multi-Robot Collaboration, Motion and Path Planning, Localization, Cognitive Modeling, Knowledge Representation, Attention, Anticipation and Autonomy
Team Report: N/A


WPI Warriors
USA

Team Contact:
Sonia Chernova, David Kent, Quinten Palmer

Institutes:
Department of Computer Science, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Team Profile: The WPI Warriors consists of undergraduate and first-year graduate students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The team first competed at RoboCup 2011 in the Standard Platform League.
Research Topics: Multi-Robot Coordination, Probabalistic Localization, Computer Vision, 3D Visualization
Team Report: N/A


WrightOcean
China

Team Contact:
Fei Liu, Gaohuan Lv, Yanbin Wang

Institutes:
Lab of Robotics, School of Information and Electrical Engineering, Ludong University

Team Profile: WrightOcean, a team which belongs to Lab of Robotics, School of Information and Electrical Engineering, Ludong University in China, was established in April, 2012. It is a young and passionate team, and all of the members are undergraduates keen on robotics. The WrightOcean team participated in the Standard Platform League of RoboCup China Open in 2013 for the first time, and we were the runner-up (the TJArk from Tongji University was the champion) in a team competition. In 2014, we took part in three technical challenges and shared the third place with Dalian University of Technology. In 2015, we firstly took part in RoboCup International SPL and won the third place in technical challenges and one of best drop-in only teams in drop-in player competition. In 2016, we took part in Pre-RoboCup Asia-Pacific Competition in Beijing and we firstly used black and white ball to participate in the team competition. We look forward to share ideas with other teams coming from different countries and regions.
Research Topics: Vision algorithms, motion control, localization
Team Report: Team Report 2015