Qualification Decisions for the International SPL 2019

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Qualified Teams for the 2019 SPL Team Competition in Sydney:

Aztlan (Mexico), B-Human (Germany), Bembelbots (Germany), Berlin United (Germany), Camellia Dragons (Japan), Dutch Nao Team (The Netherlands), HULKs (Germany), MiPal (Australia / Spain), Nao Devils (Germany), Nao-Team HTWK (Germany), NomadZ (Switzerland), NTU RoboPAL (Taiwan), RoboEireann (Ireland), rUNSWift (Australia), SABANA Herons (Colombia), SPQR (Italy), Starkit (Russia), Team-NUST (Pakistan), TJArk (China), UnBeatables (Brazil), UPennalizers (USA), UT Austin Villa (USA), WrightOcean (China)

Waitlisted Teams for the 2019 SPL Team Competition in Sydney:

1st alternate: UnBeatables (Brazil) — qualified as of March 21
2nd alternate: Naova (Canada)

Qualified But Withdrew from 2019 SPL Team Competition in Sydney:

Rinobot (Brazil), UChile (Chile)

Regional Open Qualified Teams for 2019:

IRUF (Japan)

International SPL 2019 Competitors


Note: The following listing is a work in progress, and should not be considered to be an extensive list of all qualified 2019 SPL teams. Team information is being posted as it is received from teams.



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 both the University Bremen and the DFKI Bremen. In the past, members of the B-Human team participated in different RoboCup leagues. B-Human won the RoboCup World Championships 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2017. We also won the RoboCup German Open 2009-2017, the European Open in 2016, the RoboCup Technical Challenges in 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018, the Drop-in Player competitions at the RoboCup German Open 2014 and 2015 and at the RoboCup 2014 and 2016, and all Mixed Team Competitions of the league. In addition, B-Human team members earned the Best Paper Award at the RoboCup Symposiums 2010 and 2013. In 2019, 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, machine learning, robot simulation, humanoid walking
Team Report: 2018 Team Report and Code Release


Bembelbots
Germany

Team Contact:
Jens-Michael Siegl

Institutes:
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Institute for Computer Science

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 shall 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. For that reason, we started developing our own framework from scratch.
Team Bembelbots has regularly competed in the RoboCup German Open since 2010 as well as the RoboCup Worldcups in 2012, 2013 & 2016-2019.
Research Topics: Machine Learning, Localization, Behavior Modeling, Software architecture
Team Report: N/A


Camellia Dragons
Japan

Team Contact:
Kazuho Takahashi ,
Kunikazu Kobayashi

Institutes:
Aichi Prefectural University

Team Profile: Camellia Dragons was organized in October, 2013 at Aichi Prefectural University (APU), Japan. The team has been participated in the Standard Platform League (SPL) competition for RoboCup Japan Open since 2014. The results were first place in 2014, 2015 and 2018, and second place in 2016 and 2017. The team participated in the SPL drop-in player competition and the SPL technical challenges in RoboCup 2015 and the SPL main competition in RoboCup 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Research Topics: Cooperative behavior, Real-time object recognition, Dynamic role assignment, Self-localization.
Team Report: 2017 Code Release and Team Report


Dutch Nao Team
The Netherlands

Team Contact:
Caitlin Lagrand, Pieter Kronemeijer

Institutes:
Universiteit van Amsterdam, Faculty of Science, Informatics Institute

Team Profile: The Dutch Nao Team consists of bachelor students, master students and alumni, 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. In 2017, the team started its own new framework where each module represents one algorithm handling a task in the football playing robot.
Research Topics: Computer vision, behaviour control, probabilistic robotics, machine learning
Team Report: 2019 Team Qualification


HULKs
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 from 2014 to 2018, IranOpen 2017, 2018, GermanOpens in 2014, 2015 and 2017, 2018 and EuropeanOpen in 2016. For 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 we were prequalifed for the RoboCup and last year we became fourth at RoboCup. We organize the RoHOW for the last five years.
Research Topics: Fast and reliable software frameworks, biped walking, machine learning, computer vision, path planning
Team Report: 2018 Team Research Report


Nao Devils
Germany

Team Contact:
Ingmar Schwarz

Institutes:
TU Dortmund University

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 in the Standard Platform League.
Research Topics: biped walking, computer vision, stochastic filtering, artificial intelligence
Team Report: 2018 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: 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 2009-2018 as well as the RoboCup German Open 2009-2018.
Research Topics: Evolutionary Algorithms, Biped Walking, Artificial Intelligence, Multi-Robot Coordination, Computer Vision, Localization
Team Report: 2018 Team Report


SABANA Herons
Colombia

Team Contact:
Andres Ramirez,
Julian Echeverry

Institutes:
Universidad de La Sabana

Team Profile: The SABANA Herons team is the result of the collaboration between the mechanical engineering and informatics engineering departments of the Universidad de La Sabana. The team was born out of the students’ desire to carry out projects that bring together different fields of engineering in order to solve complex problems that can be compared with real-world systems, as well as their desire to form multidisciplinary groups that require teamwork. Our team was founded in 2017 and has been gaining experience in different robotics competitions, some in the national context and others internationally. In recent years, the university has been able to participate in various global competition events, such as Shell Eco Marathon Americas (Detroit 2017 and Sonoma 2018), All Japan Sumo Robot Tournament in Japan (December 2017) and RobotChallenge in Mexico (May 2018).
Research Topics: Distributed Optimization, Evolutionary Algorithms, Distributed Predictive Control, Game Theory.
Team Report: N/A


SPQR Team
Italy

Team Contact:
Prof. Daniele Nardi,
Vincenzo Suriani

Institutes:
Computer, Control and Management Engineering “Antonio Ruberti” at La Sapienza University of Rome

Team Profile: SPQR is the group of the Department of Computer, Control, and Management Engineering “Antonio Ruberti” at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy).
SPQR Team has been involved in RoboCup competitions since 1998 in different leagues: Middle-size 1998-2002, Four-legged 2000-2007, Real rescue robots 2003-2006, @Home in 2006, Virtual-rescue since 2006 and Standard Platform League (SPL) since 2008. SPQR team members published a total of 18 papers in RoboCup Symposia (including best paper awards in 2006 and 2015), in addition to many other publications about RoboCup-related activities on International Journals and Conferences in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (including IROS RoboCup Best Paper Award in 2016).
Research Topics: Multi-robot coordination, Multi-object tracking, Robot  learning, Perception, Localization.
Team Report: 2018 Team Description Paper


Starkit
Russia

Team Contact:
Sergey Semendyaev

Institutes:
Moscow institute of physics and technology (MIPT)

Team Profile: Team Starkit was organized in Moscow institute of physics and technology (MIPT) on October 2018 by the financial support of the founder Azer Babaev on the base of Laboratory of wave processes and control systems of MIPT. Team consists mainly of students from different departments.
Research Topics: mechatronics, robot design
Team Report: N/A


TJArk
China

Team Contact:
Li Shu, Zeng Zhiying, Zhou Ziqiang, Tang Liang

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 of graduate and undergraduate students. All the members are from School of electronic and information engineering. The TJArk participated in the RoboCup SPL competition from 2006 through 2018. We entered the quarter finals in 2007, 2008, 2016 and the Champions Cup quarter finals in 2017. We finished in the third place in 2018. We are the SPL Champion in RoboCup China Open in latest six years.
Research Topics: Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Motion Control of Biped Robot, Multi-agent Systems, Path Planning
Team Report: 2018 Team Report


UT Austin Villa
USA

Team Contact:
Sid Desai, Katie Genter, Harsh Goyal, Josiah Hanna,
Sanmit Narvekar

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, 2016 and 2018 SPL US Opens. At the international RoboCup SPL competitions, we made the quarterfinals in 2009, 2015 and 2018, finished in 4th place in 2017, finished in 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: 2018 Code Release