RoboCup

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RoboCup is an annual international robotics competition proposed[1] and founded in 1997. The aim is to promote robotics and AI research, by offering a publicly appealing, but formidable challenge.

“Competition pushes advances in technologies. What we learn from robots playing soccer or navigating a maze can be applied to industry and help us solve difficult real-world problems,” according to Professor Maurice Pagnucco, Head of the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW.[2]

The name RoboCup is a contraction of the competition's full name, "Robot Soccer World Cup", but there are many other stages of the competition such as "RoboCupRescue", "RoboCup@Home" and "RoboCupJunior"; in 2016, the world's competition was held in Leipzig, Germany.[3] RoboCup 2017 will be held in Nagoya, Japan.[4]

The official goal of the project:

"By the middle of the 21st century, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall win a soccer game, complying with the official rules of FIFA, against the winner of the most recent World Cup.[5]"

RoboCup leagues[edit]

Team rUNSWift competing in the Standard Platform League at RoboCup 2010 in Singapore

The contest currently has six major competition domains, each with a number of leagues and subleagues:

Each team is fully autonomous in all RoboCup leagues. Once the game starts, the only input from any human is from the referee.[11]

RoboCup Editions[edit]

Number Year Host City Host Country Number of teams Number of countries Number of participants
1 RoboCup 1997 Nagoya  Japan 38 11
2 RoboCup 1998 Paris  France 63 19
3 RoboCup 1999 Stockholm  Sweden 85 23
4 RoboCup 2000 Melbourne  Australia 110 19
5 RoboCup 2001 Seattle  United States 141 22
6 RoboCup 2002 Fukuoka  Japan 197 29
7 RoboCup 2003 Padua  Italy 238 35
8 RoboCup 2004 Lisbon  Portugal 345 37
9 RoboCup 2005 Osaka  Japan 387 36
10 RoboCup 2006 Bremen  Germany 440 35
11 RoboCup 2007 Atlanta  United States 321[12] 39[13] 1,966
12 RoboCup 2008 Suzhou  People's Republic of China 373 35
13 RoboCup 2009 Graz  Austria 407 43 2,472
14 RoboCup 2010 Singapore  Singapore 500 40 3,000
15 RoboCup 2011 Istanbul  Turkey 451 40 2,691
16 RoboCup 2012 Mexico City  Mexico 381 42 2,356
17 RoboCup 2013 Eindhoven  Netherlands 410 45 3,033
18 RoboCup 2014 João Pessoa  Brazil 358 45 2,900
19 RoboCup 2015 Hefei  People's Republic of China [14]
20 RoboCup 2016 Leipzig  Germany [15] 45 3,500
21 RoboCup 2017 Nagoya  Japan [16] 500 50
22 RoboCup

2018

Montreal Canadá

The formal RoboCup was preceded by the (often unacknowledged) first International Micro Robot World Cup Soccer Tournament (MIROSOT) held by KAIST in Taejon, Korea, in November 1996. This was won by an American team from Newton Labs, and the competition was shown on CNN.[17]

RoboCup Asia-Pacific Editions[edit]

Number Year Host City Host Country Number of teams Number of countries Number of participants
1 RoboCup Asia-Pacific 2017 Bangkok  Thailand

12 December - 18 December

Recent RoboCup local events[edit]

Warwick Mobile Robotics (from the University of Warwick) robot navigates red step fields, in the RoboCupRescue arena at the 2009 RoboCup German Open
Brainstormers Tribots (from Universität Osnabrück) play RFC Stuttgart (from Universität Stuttgart) in the RoboCupSoccer Middle-Size League at the 2009 RoboCup German Open

2017[edit]

2016[edit]

2015[edit]

2014[edit]

2013[edit]

2012[edit]

2011[edit]

2010[edit]

  • IranOpen 2010 Tehran, Iran
  • Latin America & Brazil Open 2010, São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
  • Robocup Mediterranean Open 2010, Rome, Italy
  • Robocup German Open (unofficial all-European tournament), Magdeburg, Germany
  • AUT cup 2010 Tehran, Iran

RoboCup teams[edit]

Team rUNSWift competing in the 4-Legged League at Bremen, Germany, 2006
Team CASualty competing in the Rescue Robot League at Singapore, 2010
  •  Australia
    • rUNSWift - University of New South Wales, Sydney
    • NUbots - University of Newcastle
    • UTS Unleashed! - University of Technology Sydney
    • UTS-USTC WrightEagle Unleashed! - University of Technology Sydney and University of Science and Technology of China
    • Karachi Koalas - University of Technology Sydney and Institute of Business Administration, Pakistan
    • RobotAssist - University of Technology Sydney, Centre for Autonomous Systems, Sydney
  •  Austria
    • Mostly Harmless–Graz University of Technology
    • Austrian-Kangaroos Vienna University of Technology, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien
    • RRT-Team University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
  •  Brazil
    • RoboIME - IME
    • ITANDROIDS - ITA
    • Bahia Robotics Team, Bahia State University
    • Warthog Robotics - University of São Paulo at São Carlos
    • RoboFEI – Centro Universitário da FEI
    • NIPAR - UTFPR
    • Positronics - Colégio Santa Emília
    • Comphaus - São Paulo
  •  Canada
    • Thunderbots - University of British Columbia
  •  Chile
    • UChile Homebreakers - Universidad de Chile
    • UChile Robotics Team (SPL) - Universidad de Chile
  •  China
    • TJArk - Tongji University
    • ZjuNlict - Zhejiang University
    • WrightEagle - University of Science and Technology of China
    • AUA - Anhui University of Architecture
  •  Colombia
    • STOx's - Universidad Santo Tomás
  •  Croatia
    • Hrvatski robotički savez
    • Udruga Robofreak
  •  Finland
    • Botnia–Vaasa University of Applied Sciences
  •  France
    • Rhoban Football Club - LaBRI - Bordeaux University
    • The Three Musketeers - Versailles Saint-Quentin University - Paris8 University
    • CPE Lyon
  •  Germany
    • Nao-Devils, TU Dortmund
    • AllemaniACs RoboCup Team, RWTH Aachen University
    • AutonOHM, Technische Hochschule Nürnberg
    • Nao-Team HTWK, HTWK-Leipzig
    • b-it bots, Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
    • B-Human - University of Bremen
    • Brainstormers - University of Freiburg (abandoned)
    • C-PALB–CJD High School Königswinter
    • Carologistics - RWTH Aachen University & FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
    • Carpe Noctem - University of Kassel
    • LUHbots - Leibniz Universität Hannover
    • NimbRo - University of Bonn
    • Virtual Werder 3D - University of Bremen
    • Bembelbots - University of Frankfurt
    • FRA-UNIted - Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
    • FUmanoids - Freie Universität Berlin
    • GETbot - Universität Paderborn
    • magmaOffenburg - Hochschule Offenburg
    • Darmstadt Dribblers - Technische Universität Darmstadt
    • Team Hector Darmstadt - Technische Universität Darmstadt
    • NaoTH - Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
    • WF Wolves - Ostfalia - Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften
    • Hamburg Bit-Bots - Universität Hamburg
    • Hamburg Ultra Legendary Kickers HULKs - Technische Universität Hamburg Harburg
    • BavarianBendingUnits - Technische Universität München, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
    • TIGERs Mannheim - Duale Hochschule Baden Württemberg
  •  Greece
    • Kouretes - Technical University of Crete
    • P.A.N.D.O.R.A. - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  •  Hungary
    • Rescube - Private (Datastart Ltd.)
  •  India
    • AcYut - BITS Pilani, Pilani
    • KGP Kubs- Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur
  •  Indonesia
    • EROS, Politeknik Elektronika Negeri Surabaya, [EEPIS Robotic Research Center, Indonesia]
  •  Iran
    • Razi Research Team [R2T] , Mashhad, Iran
    • Immortals, University of Tehran, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Farzanegan1, - Farzanegan HighSchool, Tehran, Iran
    • Aryan,- Islamic Azad University Of Malard
    • Nexus,[Nexus, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran]
    • MarliK - University of Guilan, Marlik Institute of Innovation and Technology, Rasht, Iran
    • VRU Robotics Group, [VRU, Vali-E-Asr University of Rafsanjan, Real Rescue Robot Team, Rafsanjan, Iran]
    • Cyrus,[Cyrus, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran]
    • Ziziphus - Islamic Azad University, South Tehran Branch
    • Sina,[Sina, AbouAliSina Educational Complex, Tehran, Iran]
    • S.O.S, [Amirkabir University of Technology, Rescue Simulation Group, Tehran, Iran]
    • EmJa ETERNALS, [IJHS's RC lab, Robotics and Simulation Group, Tehran, Iran]
    • S2PLUS, [Salam Dibaji Robocup Laboratory, Simulation Group, Tehran]
    • Positron, [Positron Simulation Group]
    • ResQuake Robotic Team, [K.N.Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran]
    • IUST Robotics Community Teams, [Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran]
    • MRL Teams, [Mechatronics Research Laboratory, Qazvin, Iran]
    • DANESH, [danesh, Danesh HighSchool, Tehran, Iran]
    • XeneX RoboCup Team, Tehran RoboCup Inc
    • Parsian Team – Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic)
    • Impossibles Team–Sharif University of Technology
    • Persian Gulf RoboCup Team - Azad University
    • BraveCircles - SheikhBahaee University
    • PersianGulf3D - Shiraz Payam Noor University
    • paydar - [ paydar robotics group]
    • Persia Humanoid Team - Islamic Azad University Of Isfahan (Khurasgan Branch)
    • LegenDary - University of Guilan, Shahid Beheshti University
  •  Ireland
    • Robo Eireann - Maynooth University
  •  Israel
  •  Italy
    • dInfoBots–University of Palermo
    • SPQR Team, Sapienza University of Rome
  •  Japan
    • JEAP - Osaka University
    • eR@sers - Tamagawa University
  •  South Korea
    • KUDOS - Kookmin University
  •  Mexico
    • Borregos RoboCup Teams - Monterrey Tech
    • Cyberlords - Universidad La Salle
    • Eagle Knights - Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
    • Golem - IIMAS, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    • Leones - Colegio Cristóbal Colón De la Salle
    • Pumas - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    • Robótica UP - Universidad Panamericana Campus Bonaterra
    • TecRams ITESM-CEM Aibo Team
  •  Netherlands
  •  Pakistan
  •  Portugal
    • ISocRob / UInstitute for Systems and Robotics, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon TU
    • CAMBADA - IEETA / University of Aveiro
    • MinhoTeam - LAR / University of Minho
  •  Romania
    • Oxsy - Sibiu
  •  Spain
  •  Thailand
    • BART LAB Rescue Team - Mahidol University, Bangkok
    • Plasma-Z, Plasma-RX, Plasma-MK - Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
    • SKUBA - Kasetsart University, Bangkok
    • iRAProbot - king mongkut's university of technology north bangkok
  •  Turkey
    • Yildiz, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul
    • Cerberus, Bogazici University, Istanbul
    • RoboAKUT, Bogazici University, Istanbul
    • beeStanbul, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul
  •  Northern Cyprus
  •  United Kingdom
    • Bold Hearts [1] - University of Hertfordshire
    • Christ's College Finchley
    • Edinferno - University of Edinburgh
    • Plymouth Humanoids
    • Warwick Mobile Robotics - University of Warwick
  •   Switzerland
    • Z-Knipsers - ETH Zürich
    • Team Solidus - Höhere Fachschule für Technik Mittelland
  •  United States
    • CMDragons - Carnegie Mellon University
    • ISI, University of Southern California
    • Northern Bites - Bowdoin College
    • RoboCats - Ohio University Athens, Ohio
    • RoboJackets – Georgia Institute of Technology
    • RoboPatriots - George Mason University
    • UT Austin Villa - The University of Texas at Austin
    • RoMeLa - Virginia Tech
    • UPennalizers - University of Pennsylvania
    • RFC Cambridge - Harvard and MIT

Media articles[edit]

  • No feel for the ball, on the 2006 RoboCup in Bremen, at signandsight.com
  • RoboCup Atlanta Report, the 2007 RoboCup in Atlanta, at SaySport
  • RoboCup Istanbul Report, The RoboCup 2011 report by BBC

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to RoboCup at Wikimedia Commons