[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] RoboCup 2016 @Home - Leipzig - Call for Participation

Sebastian Meyer zu Borgsen semeyerz at techfak.uni-bielefeld.de
Tue Dec 22 08:57:57 PST 2015

    Call for Participation

RoboCup 2016 RoboCup at Home League
June 30 - July 04, 2016 (Leipzig, Germany)

RoboCup is an international scientific initiative with the goal to
advance the state of the art of intelligent robots through competitions
(RoboCup at Home, RoboCup Soccer, RoboCup Rescue, RoboCup at Work and RoboCup

The RoboCup at Home league aims to develop service and assistive robot
technology with high relevance for future personal domestic
applications. It is the largest international annual competition for
autonomous service robots and is part of the RoboCup initiative. A set
of benchmark tests is used to evaluate the robots' abilities and
performance in a realistic home environment setting. Focus lies on the
following domains but is not limited to: Human-Robot-Interaction and
Cooperation, Navigation and Mapping in dynamic environments, Computer
Vision and Object Recognition under natural light conditions, Object
Manipulation, Adaptive Behaviours, Behaviour Integration, Ambient
Intelligence, Standardization and System Integration.

This message describes the preregistration and qualification procedure
for RoboCup at Home League 2016.

        Important dates:

 Jan. 22, 2016 	 Intention of Participation
 Feb. 19, 2016 	 Deadline for submission of qualification material and
  	 (Team Description Paper, Team Video, Team Website, Information in
@Home Wiki).
 Mar. 01, 2016 	 Qualification announcement

The qualification procedure consists of the following two steps:

        Step 1) Intention of Participation (strongly recommended)

The team sends an email to the OC members (oc at robocupathome.org) in the
below mentioned format to indicate the intention to participate in the
RoboCup at Home 2016 event:

  * OC Chair: Sebastian Meyer zu Borgsen (Bielefeld University, Germany)
  * LOCAL CHAIR:* *Dirk Holz (University of Bonn, Germany)
  * Krit Chaiso (Kasetsart University, Thailand)
  * Fagner Pimentel (Bahia State University, Brazil)
  * Raphael Mennesheimer (University of Koblenz, Germany)
  * He Chauncey (Beijing Information Science & Technology University, China)

 Please fill in the following basic information:

       Team Name:
       Team Leader Name:
       Contact information (E-mail):
       Web site:

The e-mail subject should be: [@Home2016-Participation] (YourTeamName)

*/**** Deadline: Friday, 22nd Jan. 2016 23:59 GMT *****/*

        Step 2) Qualification Material Submission (mandatory)

The team ***MUST*** send an email to the OC (oc at robocupathome.org)
mentioned format to participate in the qualification process for the
RoboCup at Home 2016 event.

Please fill in the following basic information:

     Team Name:
     Team Leader Name:
     Contact information (E-mail):
     Link to a team video:
     Link to a team web site devoted to their efforts:     
     Team Description Paper (TDP) attached to the email based on the
official template.

Please note that:
       All the publications that they want to be considered for
qualification ***MUST*** be in the @Home Wiki

The e-mail subject should be: [@Home2016-Qualification] (YourTeamName)

/***** Deadline: Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 23:59 GMT ******//*

Instructions for the Team Video

As a proof of running hardware, each team has to provide a qualification
video. As a minimum requirement for qualification, we consider showing
the robot(s) successfully solving at least one test of the current or
last year's rulebook.

Instructions for the TDP

The TDP must be based on the official league TDP template and must
contain the following information:
    Description of the hardware and software including a list of integrated
    externally available components (including commercial products,
freeware, Open Source, etc.)
    Innovative technology and scientific contribution
    Photo(s) of the robot
    Focus of research/research interests
    Re-usability of the system for other research groups
    Applicability of the robot in the real world

 The TDP goes into detail about the technical and scientific approach,
but the website should be designed for a broader audience.

The length of the TDP is limited to 8 pages. Please use the same
Springer LNAI format used in the RoboCup Symposium submissions.

You may download a template for the TDP from

Instructions for the Web site

The contents of the web site should be as follows:
    Photos of the robot(s)
    Videos of the robot(s)
    Description of the approaches and information on scientific

    Relevant publications (last 5 years, preferably with links for

    Link to repositories with software for the community
    Team members
    Previous participation in RoboCup

Evaluation criteria:

Qualification materials will be judged by the following criteria:

    Team description paper (clarity, scientific contributions,
re-usability by the league, applicability in real world)
    Qualification Video (navigation, human-robot interaction,
people/object recognition, object manipulation and new features)
    Website (multimedia, publications from last 5 years, downloadable
content, open-source software and other contributions)
    Relevant Scientific contribution/publications (downloadable papers
and open-source software)
    Novelty of approach (what you do is new for @Home)

We encourage teams to produce self-explicative videos for a general
audience where complex tasks are solved. For Team Description Papers
focus  on  the scientific contribution and avoid brief descriptions of
the overall system.
Note to experienced competitors: Major changes are being done in the
rulebook. You may download the latest version from:
Expecting to see your teams at RoboCup at Home 2016, Leipzig Germany...

Best Regards,

The 2016 RoboCup at Home Organizing and Technical Committees

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