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) is characterized by the use of an identical robot platform by all the teams. Participating researchers focus on algorithmic development for fully autonomous robots, i.e., robots that operate with no external control. The SPL at RoboCup 2014 will use any H21 or H25 version of the NAO humanoid robot manufactured by Aldebaran Robotics. The SPL robot soccer games at RoboCup 2014 will be played between teams of five robots on a 6m x 9m field.The RoboCup 2014 SPL will host three main competitions: a team competition (similar to the SPL competition in previous years), a drop-in player competition, and 2-3 technical challenges. The RoboCup 2014 SPL will be able to host 20 teams which will compete in all three competitions, as well as at least 4 teams that will compete in just the drop-in player competition and the technical challenges. All teams will be selected from the interested parties responding to this call. The full rules of RoboCup 2014 SPL and a document detailing the possible technical challenges are posted on the SPL website. Teams who apply to participate in RoboCup 2014 SPL should vote for desired technical challenges by responding to the online poll by December 8th, 2013.
The written material must be complemented by a link to a video (maximum 5 min long, uploaded on the team's web site or on some video server) that demonstrates the current status of the robotics research of the team. Videos of simulation contributions will also be accepted, only in case real robots are unavailable. If the candidates already have NAOs, the video should show the current state of their robot soccer performance. Preference will be given to teams that use real robots in their video.
Teams that reached the quarter-finals at RoboCup 2013 will be pre-qualified for RoboCup 2014, if they submit the following original qualification document that includes:
If a joint 2013 team splits, only one team can be pre-qualified for 2014 (please, indicate which one).
All applications with the (pre-)qualification material must be submitted by November 27, 2013, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must not be sent to personal SPL TC/OC email addresses and must not contain video attachments.
Teams are encouraged to consider joint participation. Joint proposals will be judged on combined merit.
Qualification decisions will be announced by December 12th, 2013 (delayed - decisions will be announced soon).
Aldebaran Robotics has a special pricing package for teams who qualify for the RoboCup 2014 SPL Competition. A list of qualified teams will be sent to Aldebaran by the SPL Technical Committee by December 15th, 2013, so teams may contact Aldebaran after that date to order robots if they choose.
RoboCup 2014 Standard Platform League Technical and Organizing Committees