RoboCup is an international initiative that fosters research and education in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence through a variety of competitions (RoboCupSoccer, RoboCupRescue, RoboCup@Home, RoboCupJunior) involving mostly multi-robot systems.
RoboCup currently includes a number of different robot soccer leagues that focus on different research challenges. The Standard Platform League (SPL) focuses on software development for fully autonomous robots, i.e. robots that operate with no external control, neither by humans nor by computers. All SPL teams participate using identical state-of-the-art robotic platforms. For RoboCup 2010, the standard platform will be the humanoid robot NAO manufactured by Aldebaran Robotics (2010 RoboCup edition). The RoboCup 2010 Standard Platform League will be able to host up to 24 teams, which will be selected from the interested parties.
Teams that reached the quarter-finals or participated for the first time with NAO robots in RoboCup 2009 will be pre-qualified for 2010, if they submit the following material:
The Standard Platform League in RoboCup 2010 will be conducted using exclusively the 2010 RoboCup edition of the humanoid robots NAO manufactured by Aldebaran Robotics. Other NAO models will not be allowed to participate.
The 2010 RoboCup edition NAO robots are distributed exclusively to qualified RoboCup SPL teams by Aldebaran Robotics under the following RoboCup-specific pricing: