RoboCup Federation Call for Tenders:
A Standard Robot Platform for Robot Soccer
RoboCup is an international joint project to promote Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and
related fields. It is an attempt to foster AI and intelligent robotics research by providing a
standard problem where a wide range of technologies can be integrated and examined.
RoboCup chose to use the game of soccer as a central topic of research, aiming at
innovations to be applied for socially significant problems and industries.
The RoboCup competition includes leagues of different kinds of robots. Teams in the
four-legged robot league use a standard robotic platform. The difference between the
teams is in the game-playing software that they devise. The current platform is Sony’s
Aibo entertainment robot. The RoboCup Federation is seeking expressions of interest for
a new platform to succeed the Aibo. The characteristics being sought are:
! A standard platform
o No hardware development should be required of the teams. Indeed, no
hardware modifications should be allowed.
o The robot must have an operating system and software development
environment allowing full control of sensors and actuators.
o The platform should be modular, permitting upgrades and modifications
from year to year.
! Many degrees of freedom
o Quadruped robots allow for a large variety of gaits and kicks. The new
platform need not be a quadruped but it should have a sufficient number of
degrees of freedom that teams can create interesting new behaviours and
modes of locomotion.
! Directed Perception
o The robot is required to have onboard colour vision but not an omni-
directional camera since we wish teams to develop methods for active
! Full Autonomy
o The robots are required to be fully autonomous. That is, they must have
on-board computing resources sufficient to meet all processing
requirements. No off-board computation is allowed.
o The robots must operate with no intervention by team members and