[robotics-worldwide] Call for Participation: 3D Competition - RoboCup 2013 Soccer Simulation League

Sander van Dijk sgvandijk at gmail.com
Mon Dec 3 05:27:07 PST 2012

                            Call for Participation

  3D Competition, RoboCup 2013 Soccer Simulation League

         June 24-30, 2013 (Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

The RoboCup Soccer Simulation 3D Competition provides a great opportunity
to experiment with humanoid robots without the need for investing in robot
hardware. It facilitates experimenting with different learning and
optimization techniques by providing a simulated environment.

We would like to invite you to participate in the RoboCup 2013 Soccer
Simulation League, 3D competition, which will take place Jun 24-30, 2013,
in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. If you are interested in participating,
please pre-register your team and follow the procedure as outlined below.


Team Pre-Registration Deadline: *January 31, 2013 - 23:59 UTC*
Team Qualification Material Submission Deadline: February 15, 2013 - 23:59
Qualified Teams Announcement: March 1, 2013


All teams who wish to qualify need to pre-register before the deadline (31
January 2013). To pre-register, send an E-Mail to* sgvandijk+3dreg at gmail.com
* with the subject '*2013 Pre-registration TEAM_NAME*'. The E-Mail should
contain the following information:

 1. Team-Name:
 2. Team-Leader:
 3. E-Mail:
 4. Country:
 5. Affiliation:
 6. Number of team members:

You should receive a confirmation E-Mail for your pre-registration within a
few days of submission.


Qualification is based on a team's current performance, previous
achievements in RoboCup, and scientific contributions to the RoboCup
community in past years, cooperation in the 3D mailing list and development
of the simulator.

In RoboCup 2013, up to 28 teams will participate in the 3D competitions.
The top three teams from RoboCup 2012 (UT Austin Villa, RoboCanes and Bold
Hearts) are automatically qualified after pre-registering their teams and
submitting an appropriate Team Description Paper (TDP). The other 25 teams
will be selected through a qualification process.

The qualification deadline is *15 Feb 2013*. The OC does not accept
qualification materials from teams who have not been pre-registered by the
pre-registration deadline. Qualification material consists of:

*1. Team Description Paper (TDP)*
The TDP should describe your research focus and ideas implemented in the
team. It should clearly describe your own work and your contributions in
addition to explicitly specifying what you have used from others' efforts
(including, but not limited to, any source code released by other teams or
their scientific work). In qualification, teams must be judged based on
their own work, so failing to acknowledge the work of others could result
in an immediate disqualification. The length of the TDP has to be at least
four (4) pages and should not exceed twelve (12) pages in Springer LNCS
Style: http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-7-72376-0.
Please submit the TDP only as a PDF document, with the name of your team in
the filename, i.e. *teamname_TDP.pdf*.

*2. A list of contributions* to previous RoboCup Symposia and your team's
achievements in RoboCup events of previous years. Please do not
include TDPs that you submitted to RoboCup in previous years. You may
include a TDP, if you presented a talk about your team at the Symposium. If
you are new to the RoboCup 3D community, you may also include references to
relevant research done by your team that shows its potential. Please submit
the contribution list as a PDF document, with the name of your team in the
filename, i.e. *teamname_list.pdf*.

*3. Binary*
All teams should submit a working binary of their team. The OC will use
these binaries to play 11 vs 11 matches, under the rules and with the
simulator used during the 2012 competitions held in Mexico. These rules can
be found at:


Submitted binaries should adhere to the following:

   - Two scripts should be included: a start up script, called start.sh, to
   run a full team of agents and a kill script, called kill.sh, to fully kill
   all agents of the team. The requirements and examples of these scripts can
   be found at the rules page given above.
   - All necessary external libraries should be included and be used
   locally by the binary. The OC will not make an effort to install extra
   libraries on the qualification systems.
   - The binaries should not create any output, be it through standard
   output or to files.
   - No graphical (debugging) interface should be used.
   - The binary should be compiled for *64 bit* systems and should work on
   a modern GNU/Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu 12.10. You mayalso send 32
   bit binaries, but it is your responsibility to make sure that it runs
   correctly on 64 bit distributions. You can assume that basic 32 bit
   libraries (e.g. libc) are installed on the 64 bit OS.

To summarize: the binary should run out of the box on a standard, clean,
headless system in a restricted sand box environment with the simulation
server (possibly) running on a different machine. The OC will not try to
fix errors. When a binary fails to run, the respective team will be
notified and will have to resubmit their material, before the deadline of *15
Feb 2013*.

Please put all qualification material in a folder with your team
name, create a tarball name *teamname.tar.bz2* and E-Mail it to
sgvandijk+3dqual at gmail.com with the subject: '*2013 Qualification TEAM_NAME*'.
If everything went well you will receive a confirmation. If you did not
receive any confirmation within two (2) days, please contact the Organizing

If you encounter any problem sending your qualification material please
don't hesitate to contact the OC.

Teams will be qualified based on the submitted materials as described in
this E-Mail. Also, the following general qualification limitations will be

   - One-Third-Rule: The so called One-Third-Rule rule states that only up
   to 1/3 of the participants of a competition may be from the same country.
   - One-Team-Per-Institute-Rule: The One-Team-Per-Institute-Rule states
   that only one team from each university or research institute is allowed to
   participate in a competition. Note that it is okay for different teams from
   the same institute to participate in different competitions, e.g. 2D and 3D

Good luck,

Sander van Dijk
On Behalf of Organizing Committee
RoboCup 2013 Soccer Simulation 3D

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