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Participating Teams 2005

GermanTeam 2005 Team Contact: Thomas Röfer
Germany
Team Profile: see http://www.germanteam.org/
Research Topics: see http://www.germanteam.org/GT2004.pdf, section 1.2
Team Report: GT2005.pdf

NUbots Team Contact: Stephan Chalup, Rick Middleton, Robert King, Michael Quinlan
Australia
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
The University of Newcastle
Team Profile: 3rd place at RoboCup 2002, 2003, and 2004, team uses ERS-7 robots
Research Topics:
control, bayesian statistics, machine learning, robot vision, neurocomputing, dimensionality reduction, kernel machines
Team Report: NUbotFinalReport2005.pdf

UPENNALIZERS Team Contact: Daniel Lee
U.S.A.
University of Pennsylvania
Team Profile: 5 years participation, 2nd in '03
Research Topics:
Machine learning, biologically inspired sensorimotor processing
Team Report: UPenn05.pdf
Code Release: UPenn05.tar.gz

CMDash'05 Team Contact: Manuela Veloso, Sonia Chernova
U.S.A.
Carnegie Mellon University
Team Profile:
Our Carnegie Mellon CMDash'05 team investigates new research directions and builds upon our CMPack'00-04 and CMTrio'98-99 teams. We have participated in the RoboCup international and local competitions since 1998, placing in the top three places several times. Recently, we were awarded first place in the RoboCup US Open 2005. With CMDash'05, we improve individual robot perception, behaviors, motions, multi-feature based localization, and multi-robot state estimation to address the new much larger and non-walled playing field. CMDash'05 also follows a new research focus on responding to the opponent team, namely through low-level navigation that accounts for other robots and the use of different team strategy plays.
Research Topics:
Multirobot systems, learning, teamwork, communication, collaboration, vision, perception
Team Report: CMDash05-report.pdf

rUNSWift Team Contact: Will Uther
Australia
University of New South Wales

and

National ICT
Australia
Team Profile:
UNSW has had amazing success in the Legged League of RoboCup since it first participated in the 1999 competition. To date, they have come second twice and first three times!  Unusual within the league, rUNSWift has always had a team of final-year undergraduates working on the project as their thesis topic.  This creates an extra challenge as each year we have to start with an entirely new batch of students.
Research Topics: UNSW has pursued a number of research topics throughout its RoboCup career.  The overarching principle is to pursue research where it is needed, rather than concentrating on one particular part of the soccer agent.  This has led to research in many areas from locomotion to machine learning to multi-agent co-operation.
Team Report and Code Release: link

UT Austin Villa 2005 Team Contact: Peter Stone
U.S.A.
The University of Texas at Austin
Team Profile: Our team started as a class project in January of 2003. At RoboCup 2003 in Padua, our goal was just to participate. We lost all of our official games, though were able to win some exhibitions and achieved the fourth highest result in the challenge competition, including the second highest score in the obstacle avoidance challenge. We finished in third place at the 2004 and 2005 US Opens in April, and reached the quarterfinals of RoboCup 2004. Also see our 2004 report.
Research Topics:
Machine learning, Multiagent systems, Learned locomotion and ball capturing, Robust vision, color constancy, Automatic sensor-action model callibration
Team Report: link

Hamburg Dog Bots Team Contact: Birgit Koch
Germany
Team Profile: In 2003 the University of Hamburg, Germany, started a project with the intention to participate in the RoboCup Sony Four-Legged League. Essential part of the project is the integration of solutions of the engineering research from application areas that are part of the Hamburg Institute of Information technology and develop these solutions for further research. The cooperative work of students with different orientations in the information technology is specific for this project and unlike to typical projects with tight focus on a specific topic.

We finished in third place at the 2004 German Open, and reached the quarterfinals of RoboCup 2004.

In 2004 some students of the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg joined the Hamburg Dog Bots team. The cooperation of both groups implicated new requirements for the team. The German Open 2005 in Paderborn was the first competition with these new conditions and a test for the world championship in Osaka.

In line with the "Germany in Japan 2005/2006" year, our project is registered as number 458 at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The report concerning this aspect can be found at: Projekt_458.pdf.

Research Topics: Image Processing (Low- and High-level Vision), Image Segmentation, Self-Localization, Behavior, Teamwork, Tactic, Motion, Neural Networks and Reasoning with Uncertainties
Team Report: link

ARAIBO Team Contact: Tamio ARAI
Japan
The University of Tokyo and Chuo University
Team Profile:
We have participated in Four-legged robot league since 1999.
Research Topics:
Team Report: ARAIBO_TechnicalReport2005.pdf

ASURA Team Contact: OHASHI Takeshi
Japan
Kyushu Institute of Technology
and
Fukuoka Institute of Technology
Team Profile:
Our team was organized by KIT(Kyushu Institute of Technology) and FIT(Fukuoka Institute of Technology) in January of 2001. We have been successfully participating in the four-legged league of RoboCup since 2001.
Research Topics:
Distributed systems, Object oriented programming, Multi-agent systems, and Human-Computer interaction

BabyTigers DASH Team Contact: Hirofumi Fukumoto
Japan
Osaka City University,
Osaka University,
and
Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International Intelligent Robotics and Communications Laboratories
Team Profile: Our team was organized by Osaka University and Osaka City University in this competition. We have reconstructed the whole program for ERS-7 based on our past experiences.
Research Topics: Computer Vision, Monte Carlo Localization method, MultiAgent Systems
Team Report: BabyTigersDASH-2005-TR.pdf

Cerberus Team Contact: H. Levent Akin
Turkey
Bogazici University
Team Profile: Team consists graduate and undergraduate students of BU AILAB and an undergraduate student from Marmara University. Cerberus participated in Robocup 2001, 2002, and 2003.
Research Topics: Localization, multi-agent task allocation, path planning and obstacle avoidance, reinforcement learning, POMDP
Team Report and Code Release: link

Dutch AIBO Team Team Contact: Niek Wijngaards
Netherlands
DECIS Lab,
Technical University of Delft (link and link),
University of Utrecht,
University of Amsterdam,
University of Groningen,
University of Twente (link and link),
University of Eindhoven,
Saxion University of Professional Education
Team Profile:
The Dutch AIBO Team consists of quite a number of professionals, researchers, students and other enthusiasts who have ‘caught the virus’ of working with real multiple robots in the real world. Academia and industry cooperate and allow us to combine expertise from different research areas such as vision, robotics, artificial intelligence, agent technology and embedded systems in our quest for autonomous collaborative intelligent systems. One means to validate our research is to participate in RoboCup’s 4-Legged Soccer League – which adds a competitive edge to our research… We have already participated in the German Open 2004, RoboCup 2004 and German Open 2005.
Research Topics:
Our main research theme concerns 'collaborative autonomous intelligent systems', involving challenges such as vision & movement, (shared) situation awareness, self-localization, (strategic) collaboration and human-robot interaction.
Team Report: DAT2005TechReport.pdf
Code Release: DT2005-diff-GT2004.zip (is a diff from GT2004 that can be found at http://www.germanteam.org/)

Eagle Knights Team Contact: Alfredo Weitzenfeld
Mexico
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
Team Profile: The Eagle Knights AIBO Team was founded in January 2004. We played our first official games at the US Open 2004.
Research Topics: Biorobotics, Social Cognition, Human Robot Interface
Team Report: EagleKnights4LTDP2005.pdf

FC Portugal Team Contact: Luis Paulo Reis
Portugal
University of Porto/LIACC/University of Aveiro
Team Profile: 3 Staff members and 3 Undergraduate students
Research Topics: Multi-Agent Coordination, Flexible Team Strategies: Tactics, Roles and Formations, Strategic Positioning, Multi-Agent Communication, Intelligent Perception, Learning, Automatic Calibration.

Jolly Pochie Team Contact: Akira Ishino
Japan
Department of Informatics, Kyushu University,
Department of System Information Sciences, Tohoku Univeristy
Team Profile: see http://www.i.kyushu-u.ac.jp/JollyPochie/
Research Topics: Machine learning, machine discovery, data mining, image processing, string processing, software architecture, visualization.
Team Report: JollyPochie2005TR.pdf

Les 3 Mousquetaires Team Contact: Vincent Hugel
France
Laboratoire de Robotique de Versailles (LRV)
Team Profile:
The French team Les 3 Mousquetaires participates since 1998 in the RoboCup competition. In 1998 the legged league was just an exhibition that took place in Paris at La cité des Sciences. In 1999 the French team won the competition. It ranked second the next year in Melbourne. Fourth in 2001 in Seattle the French team keeps on participating even if the results are not as good as the previous years.
Research Topics: The French Robotics Lab is specialized in legged locomotion, especially in the design of gaits and control, and in low level vision. Thanks to RoboCup the team now focuses on localization and multi-agent behaviors. Currently the coupling between locomotion and vision is investigated. Reports and documents related to the French Robocup participation and research since 1998 can be found at the following site: http://www.lrv.uvsq.fr/research/legged/robocup.php.
Team Report: tech_report_2005.pdf

Mi-Pal Team Griffith Team Contact: Vladimir Estivill-Castro
Australia
Griffith University,
Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems (IIIS)
Team Profile: After being formed in late 2002, Mi-Pal has competed in the 2003 and 2004 Robocup competitions in Padova and Lisbon respectively. We have also competed in the Australian Opens of the same period, and remotely at the 2003 German Open.

The team is made up of a broad selection of the Griffith University community. For the 2005 competition we have three undergraduates, one Masters student, three PhD candidates and two Professors actively working on development.

Research Topics: Mi-Pal's (Machine Intelligence, Pattern Analysis Laboratory) main research focus is related to the Robocup Four Legged League domain. Thus we are interested in Vision Processing, Locomotion, Localisation, Agent Behaviour/co-ordination etc. This year we have also started a project that will use a Non-Monotonic Logic (Plausible Logic) for our Consistency module.

Our research interests extend outside the Robocup sphere and into the homes of people with some form of disability. We are building a system that uses the Aibo's as a multi modal interface to computing primarily for people with a Vision Impairment.

A vision related project that we have had success with is the automatic, real time, three dimensional, tracking of bees as they pollinate Macadamia trees. A grant has recently been approved to investigate robust facial recognition using the Aibo platform.

Team Report: mipalTeamReport2005.pdf

SpelBots Team Contact: Andrew B. Williams, Aryen Moore-Alston
U.S.A.
Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Team Profile: SpelBots is comprised of six students from Spelman College and two faculty advisors. Spelman College is an outstanding, historically black college for women located in Atlanta, GA. Our participation in RoboCup enables us to promote computer science and robotics research and education among our students and community.
Research Topics: Evolutionary algorithms for robot behavior, multi-agent teamwork, object-oriented programming pedagogy using robotics, and robotics education.
Team Report and Code Release: SpelBotsRoboCup2005TechReport.pdf

SPQR+Sicilia Team Contact: Luca Iocchi
Italy
Universit'a di Roma "La Sapienza", Roma, Italy,
University of Palermo, Italy
Team Profile: see http://www.dis.uniroma1.it/~spqr/history.html
Research Topics: see http://www.dis.uniroma1.it/~spqr/Legged.htm
Team Report and Code Release: link

TeamChaos Team Contact: Humberto Martinez Barbera
Spain/Sweden
University of Murcia (Spain)
Rey Juan Carlos University (Spain)
University of Alicante (Spain)
rebro University (Sweden)
Team Profile: TeamChaos, formerly Team Sweden, is a multi-university team which has been successfully competing in the four-legged league of RoboCup since 1999. The distributed character of TeamChaos has made the project organization demanding, but has resulted in a rewarding scientific and human cooperation.
Research Topics: Our main scientific focus is the integration of higher level cognitive processes with physical activity in the real world.Some of the distinctive aspects of our approach are: (i) a general, principled architecture for autonomous systems; (ii) hierarchical fuzzy behaviors for fast incremental development of robust behaviors; (iii) fuzzy landmark-based localization for efficient, fault-tolerant self-localization; (iv) an effective cooperative object localization technique (also based on fuzzy logic); and (v) robust vision-based perception, coupled with active perceptual anchoring, for effective object detection.
Team Report: TeamChaos-2005.pdf
Code Release: TeamChaos2005.src.zip

TsinghuaHephaestus Team Contact: Mingguo Zhao
China
Tsinghua University
Team Profile: It’s the first time for us to enter this league, see http://www.au.tsinghua.edu.cn/jgsz/robot/eng/team.htm for details.
Research Topics: Computer visions, mobile robot navigation, see http://www.au.tsinghua.edu.cn/jgsz/robot/eng/paper.htm for details.
Team Report: thuhephaestustechreport2005.pdf

Twaves Team Contact: Hiroyuki Okada
Japan
Tokai University, School of Science, Department of Mathematical Sciences
Team Profile: It is the newcomer of the first participation.
Research Topics: Visualization, Reinforcement Learning
Team Report: TeamReportTwaves2005.pdf
Code Release: twaves2005src.zip

UChile1 Team Contact: Javier Ruiz-del-Solar
Chile
Department of Electrical Engineering, Universidad de Chile
Team Profile:
Team creation: December 2002.
Former participations: RoboCup 2003 and RoboCup 2004 Main Achievement: RoboCup-2004 Engineering Challenge Award (paper "UCHILSIM: A Dynamically and Visually Realistic Simulator for the RoboCup Four Legged League" by Zagal&Ruiz-del-Solar) Detailed team profile in http://www.robocup.cl/four.htm
Research Topics:
Evolutionary robotics, adaptive learning, learning from simulations, and robot pose and gaze direction determination. We have also developed UCHILSIM, a realistic simulator for the four-legged league. Relevant publications in http://www.robocup.cl/four/publications.htm
Team Report: UChile1_Technical_Report_2005.pdf

Wright Eagle Team Contact: Xiaoping CHEN
China
University of Science and Technology of China
Team Profile: WrightEagle is the first Chinese team ever participating in RoboCup (2000, simulation) and the first Chinese real-robot team (2001, 4-legged). The team got top 8 both in simulation league (2D competitions from 2001 to 2003 and 3D in 2004) and in 4-legged league (2001-2003).
Research Topics: The team’s major research topics include Multi-Agent Systems, Human-Machine Interaction, and Agent learning.
Team Report: WE2005-4l_TeamReport.pdf