What is RoboCup?

RoboCup is an international joint project to promote artificial intelligence (AI), mobile robotics, and related field. It is an attempt to foster AI and robotics research by providing a standard problem where wide range of technologies can be integrated and examined. RoboCup chose to use soccer game as a central topic of research, aiming at innovations to be applied for socially significant problems and industries.

The ultimate goal of the RoboCup project is By 2050, develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots that can win against the human world champion team in soccer.

In order for a robot team to actually perform a soccer game, various technologies must be incorporated including: design principles of autonomous agents, multi-agent collaboration, strategy acquisition, real-time sensor data processing, real-time reasoning, robotics, and sensor-fusion. RoboCup is a task for a team of multiple fast-moving robots under a dynamic environment.

One of the major application of RoboCup technologies is search and rescue in large scale disaster. RoboCup initiated a RoboCup Rescue project to specifically promote research in socially significant issues. (Source: Robocup German Open)

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At the middle size league (MSL) middle-sized robots of no more than 52 cm diameter and 80 cm height play soccer in teams of up to five robots. All sensors have to be on-board.

The game is played with a colored soccer ball on a field the size of 12×18 meters.The matches are divided in 15-minute halves with a 10-minute break between. This break can be used to reprogram the robots, for example to adjust the game strategy to the enemy team. During game play, robots have to act completely autonomous, without a central computer to operate them and without human interference. The robots use wireless networking to communicate with each other.

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