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 2015 will use any H21 or H25 version of the NAO humanoid robot manufactured by Aldebaran Robotics. The SPL robot soccer games at RoboCup 2015 will be played between teams of five robots on a 6m x 9m field.The RoboCup 2015 SPL will host three main competitions: a team competition, a drop-in player competition, and 2-3 technical challenges. The RoboCup 2015 SPL will be able to host 20 teams which will compete in all three competitions, as well as some additional teams that will just compete in the drop-in player competition and the technical challenges. Participation in the drop-in player competition is required for all teams. Teams will be selected from the interested parties responding to this call. The full rules of RoboCup 2014 SPL as well as a document outlining the major rules changes for RoboCup 2015 SPL (which will be incorporated into the RoboCup 2015 SPL rulebook in a more detailed form) are posted on the SPL website.
Note that submitting an application serves as a statement of commitment to participate in the RoboCup 2015 SPL. Declining to participate after the official registration period has opened may negatively affect future applications (the later you decline, the worse it will affect future applications).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 team. The video is used by the TC to determine the readiness of the team to compete effectively, and hence should focus on the team’s ability to play soccer. In cases where footage from multiple teams is shown (such as game footage), please include a textual overlay denoting which team is the applying team. Videos of simulation contributions will also be accepted, but only when real robots are unavailable. Preference will be given to teams that use real robots in their video.
Teams that satisified the pre-qualification guidelines as set forth in the RoboCup 2014 rulebook will be pre-qualified for RoboCup 2015, if they submit the following original qualification document. Teams able to potentially pre-qualify include: Austrian Kangaroos, Berlin United, B-Human, HULKs, Nao Devils, Nao Team HTWK, and rUNSWift.The original qualification document must include:
If a joint 2014 team splits, only one team can be pre-qualified for 2015 (please, indicate which one).
All applications with the (pre-)qualification material must be submitted by January 7, 2015, by email to email@example.com. 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 January 19th, 2015 (note, decisions are slightly delayed).
Aldebaran Robotics has a special pricing package for teams who qualify for the RoboCup 2015 SPL Competition. A list of qualified teams will be sent to Aldebaran by the SPL Technical Committee after the qualification decisions have been announced, so teams may contact Aldebaran after that date to order robots if they choose.Orders will have to be placed to Aldebaran before April 30th, 2015 to benefit from discounted prices.
RoboCup 2015 Standard Platform League Technical and Organizing Committees