Claude Sammut, University of New South Wales, Australia
Thomas RŲfer, DFKI, Germany
Michael Quinlan, The University of Newcastle, Australia
Mohan Sridharan, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Walter NisticÚ, University of Dortmund, Germany
Kai Xu, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Masahiro Fujita, Sony Corporation, Japan
One of the ultimate dreams in robotics is to create life-like robotics systems, such as humanoid robots and animal-like legged robots. We chose to build a quadruped robot because we believe that quadruped robots have major potential for future robotics, including entertainment applications for personal robots. However, a number of challenges exist before any such robot can be fielded in the real world. Robots have to be reasonably intelligent, maintain a certain level of agility, and be able to engage in some collaborative behaviors. RoboCup is an ideal challenge to foster robotics technologies for small personal and mobile robotics systems. Through the research and competition in this league, we believe technology will be developed that will improve robot performance not only in entertainment but also non-entertainment applications such as rescue robots and other dangerous jobs currently peformed by humans, and that robots will perform these tasks in the future by working together.
2. Participation in our League
RoboCup is an initiative to provide a research platform to integrate Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. RoboCup includes competitions and emphasizes the underlying research through a RoboCup symposium.
This is a call for applications to participate in RoboCup-2007 using the Sony entertainment robots AIBO ERS-7/M2/M3 (white only), or ERS-210(A) (black or white; use is not recommended) with OPEN-R SDK. Participation in RoboCup-2007 requires the submission of an application describing the research underlying the team.
The competition results are used in next year's qualification to participate in Four-Legged League games or technical challenges. Teams are evaluated on their efforts and contribution to RoboCup-2007 in the qualification for 2007 alongside newly applied teams. Then qualified teams are eligible for participation in the next Four-Legged League competition. Rules for 2007 and necessary information are available at our website site (http://www.tzi.de/4legged).
Those interested in participating are encouraged to acquire further information about RoboCup and about the Sony four-legged robots from the RoboCup web page, http://www.robocup.org, as well as from the technical publications listed below, and the team reports written by the participants in 2006.
3. Guidelines for the Application Submission
Applications need to include:
Intent to participate
Application for Qualification - Team Information -
Technical Report - Clear statement of research interests and results -
A statement on whether you use code of other teams
Pointers to relevant publications, if any
Video submission (stored on your own server)
If your code is based on the code release of another team, a "diff" is required to prove that you contributed enough on your own (stored on your own server)
The applications will be evaluated by the League Technical Committee based on the strength of the qualifications of the team and the proposed approach. The competence demonstrated in local competitions or movie submissions will provide supplementary information for the committee. Please also note the qualification rules.
Applications are to be submitted by email with a maximum of 5 pages to the RoboCup-2007 Four-Legged League Technical Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for initial intent to participate is January 15, 2007. The final deadline to submit the applications is February 15, 2007. The final decisions will be made on February 28, 2007.
Hiroaki Kitano, Masahiro Fujita, Stephane Zrehen , and Koji Kageyama, "Sony Legged Robot for RoboCup Challenge", In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, IEEE, 1998, pp. 2605-2612
Manuela Veloso, William Uther, Masahiro Fujita, Minoru Asada, and Hiroaki Kitano, "Playing Soccer with Legged Robot", In Proceedings of the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 1998, pp. 437-442