[robotics-worldwide] [news] 2nd Call for Participation - 2017 RoboCup SPL

Katie Genter katie at cs.utexas.edu
Fri Nov 18 08:46:22 PST 2016

2nd Call for Applications for Participation (deadline Thursday 1 December

*** Since the first call, information regarding robot pricing and
acquisition, as well as qualification for regional opens only, has been
added to the call. ***

RoboCup 2017 Standard Platform League
Tuesday 25th July through Monday 31st July 2017 (Nagoya, Japan)

RoboCup is an international initiative that fosters research and education
in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence through a variety of competitions
(RoboCupSoccer, RoboCupRescue, RoboCup at Home, RoboCupJunior) involving
mostly multi-robot systems. RoboCup currently includes a number of
different robot soccer leagues that focus on different research challenges.

The Standard Platform League (SPL) is characterized by the use of an
identical robot platform by all the teams. Participating researchers focus
on algorithmic development for fully autonomous robots, i.e., robots that
operate with no external control. The SPL at RoboCup 2017 will use V5 or
older versions of the NAO humanoid robot manufactured by SoftBank Robotics
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.ald.softbankrobotics.com_en&d=DgIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=OKvMl1PNKXB1vcEi9juPb4GEgP18DO9TRBg5-5KVXB8&s=Cm8aEC15urQRtNDG7zoBZ7cpfWXZ74BzY2Cg5ebadxk&e= >. The SPL robot soccer team
competition games at RoboCup 2017 will be played between teams of five
robots on a 6m x 9m playing surface.

The RoboCup 2017 SPL will host both a team competition and a mixed teams

The team competition will consist of more games for the majority of teams
than in recent years. We expect to qualify 24 teams. A new structure will
be used in the team competition to allow all teams to play more games
against teams with similar skill levels. See Appendix A.3 of the preliminary
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.informatik.uni-2Dbremen.de_spl_pub_Website_Downloads_Rules2017.pdf&d=DgIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=OKvMl1PNKXB1vcEi9juPb4GEgP18DO9TRBg5-5KVXB8&s=4mjMn0GLHnM893W1HP3KvneJmVYnQeW4u7FFc_BjwBU&e= >
for more details.

Teams applying for the team competition may also apply for the mixed team
competition. Each mixed team will consist of two teams. Mixed teams will
either play 10v10 games on a middle-size league field or 6v6 games on the
normal SPL field. Only 4 mixed teams will be selected to compete at RoboCup
2017. See Appendix B of the preliminary rulebook
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for more details.

All interested teams must submit an original qualification document. In
order for the qualification document to be considered, it must (1) be no
longer than 6 pages and (2) include all of the following information in
sections with the specified headings:

*Team Information*: the team name, the team leader(s), and the
university/company affiliation(s) of the team
*Mixed Teams*: If the team is interested in participating in the mixed
teams competition, indicate the name of the partner team, the proposed
mixed team name, and the proposed mixed team jersey color. Include a short
note about infrastructure plans as well as why this team and the proposed
partner wish to perform as a mixed team.
*Code Usage*: acknowledge the team's use of any other team's code (1)
previously from 2015 to present and (2) anticipated at RoboCup 2017. If
code is used from other teams, is this code integrated into a code base
that is mainly designed by the applying team? If not, describe in detail
the 'research publishable' advancements the applying team has made to the
other team's code release and what advancements the team is currently
pursuing. If the applying team does not use any other team's code, state so.
*Past History*: provide game results in RoboCup Open competitions as well
as main RoboCup competitions from 2015 onward. Include opponents and game
scores from each competition in a table. State if the team plans to
participate in any RoboCup Open competitions or friendlies prior to RoboCup
*Impact*: what is the impact of the team's participation and research in
RoboCup on (1) the SPL, (2) the team's university/community
*Other*: present any other information that you believe supports your

The written material must be complemented by a link to a video (maximum 5
min long, uploaded on the team's web site or on some video server) that
demonstrates the current status of the team. The video is used by the TC to
determine the readiness of the team to compete effectively, and hence
should focus on the team’s ability to play soccer. Teams who did not
participate in the team competition at RoboCup 2016 must include footage of
at least one robot attempting to kick off and score (this footage must be
captured as a single wide shot with no cuts). In cases where footage from
multiple teams is shown (such as game footage), please include a textual
overlay denoting which team is the applying team. Videos of simulation
contributions will also be accepted, but only when a real robots is
unavailable. Preference will be given to teams that use real robots to show
soccer skills in their video.

Teams that satisfied the pre-qualification guidelines as set forth in the
RoboCup 2016 rulebook will be pre-qualified for RoboCup 2017, if they
submit the following original qualification document. Teams able to
pre-qualify include: Berlin United - NaoTH, B-Human, DAInamite, HULKs, Nao
Devils Dortmund, Nao-Team HTWK, TJArk, UChile Robotics Team, UPennalizers,
and UT Austin Villa.

The original qualification document must include:

1. The team name, leader(s), and the university/company affiliation(s) of
the team
2. If the team is interested in participating in the mixed teams
competition, indicate the name of the partner team, the proposed mixed team
name, and the proposed mixed team jersey color. Include a short note about
infrastructure plans as well as why this team and the proposed partner wish
to perform as a mixed team.
3. A link to a team research report describing their work for RoboCup 2016
(must be posted in a publicly available location)

For teams who reached the quarter-finals in the team competition, this team
research report must include a link to publicly release code as detailed in
the 2016 SPL rulebook

If a joint 2016 team splits, only one team can be pre-qualified for 2017
(please, indicate which one).

Qualification for Regional Opens Only
Teams may also submit a short intent to participate in a regional open if
they do not wish to participate in the 2017 RoboCup Nagoya competition.
Although teams may participate in regional opens without submitting this
intent to participate, teams who submit an intent to participate and become
qualified will be eligible for special robot pricing as a 2017 RoboCup
Event qualified team.

Teams must submit the following information by 1 December 2016: (1) The
team name, leader(s), and the university/company affiliation(s) of the team
and (2) a short statement describing the current status/progress of the
team. A link to a short video showing robot soccer behaviors and/or game
play (using robots or in simulation) may be included if available.

Submission and Evaluation
All applications with the (pre-)qualification material must be submitted by
1 December 2016, by email to rc-spl-tc at lists.robocup.org. Applications must
not be sent to personal SPL TC/OC email addresses and must not contain
video attachments.

Note that submitting an application serves as a statement of commitment to
participate in the RoboCup 2017 SPL. If you have doubts regarding the
ability of your team to participate (due to funding, visas, ect), please
apply by the deadline but note this in your application. Declining to
participate in any competition after the official early registration period
has opened may negatively affect future applications (the later you
decline, the worse it will affect future applications).

Teams are encouraged to consider joint participation. Joint proposals will
be judged on combined merit.

Applications will be evaluated to consider a variety of components

1. Potential to play competitive games at RoboCup 2017 (demonstrated
ability to play soccer, previous results, ect)
2. Contributions (and potential contributions) to league (code
releases/papers, active in organization, developing own code, ect)
3. Diversity (region, team make-up, unique characteristics, ect)

When choosing teams and team pairings for the mixed teams competition, we
will pick teams and team pairings that we hope will make the competition
high-quality, competitive, and interesting.

Qualification decisions, including alternate lists, will be announced by 20
December 2016. We expect to qualify a total of 32 teams (including some for
Regional Opens only).

Robot Acquisition
SoftBank Robotics has a special pricing package for teams who qualify for
the 2017 RoboCup Events. A list of qualified teams will be sent to SoftBank
Robotics by the SPL Technical Committee after the qualification decisions
have been announced, so teams may contact SoftBank Robotics after that date
to order robots if they choose.

Orders will have to be placed to SoftBank Robotics by a set date to benefit
from discounted prices. Teams should contact SoftBank Robotics regarding
this date.

Discounted RoboCup prices only apply to RoboCup Qualified Team who will
participate to the 2017 RoboCup Event. In case the Federation informs
SoftBank Robotics that a Qualified Team, who benefited from the discounted
RoboCup price, was a no-show during the 2017 RoboCup Events, SoftBank
Robotics will invoice the said Team the additional cost for the regular
list price applicable at the time of purchase. Hence, if a Team purchases
any discounted robots and then decides not to participate, they will be
charged the regular price for all. Teams should contact SoftBank Robotics
if they have questions regarding these policies.

*Limit Number*
SoftBank Robotics agrees to deliver up to 6 NAOs (either new robots or
replacement robots) per SPL Qualified Team at the negotiated price detailed
below. Above this limit of 6 robots, any additional robots can be purchased
at the regular list price applicable at the time of purchase.

*NAO Version*
Softbank agree to deliver the version V5 of NAO for RoboCup 2017 qualified
teams. Any colored panels besides black are now allowed.

*Price (excluding VAT)*
Price of NAO V5* within the Limit Number: 3.900€ OR USD4.900
Price of NAO V5* above Limit Number: List Price
Additional Charger: List Price
Additional Battery: List Price
Full Nao V5 Robot replacement of a NAO V4 within the Limit Number **:
3.500€ OR USD4.350
Full Nao V5 Robot replacement above Limit Number **: List Price
1 Year Warranty Extension for NAO V5 ***: List Price
1 Year Warranty Extension for NAO V4 ***: List Price
1 Year Warranty Extension for NAO V3.3 and previous versions: not available
Other types of replacements (metal gears/arms/head…): not available

*Repairs during the RoboCup 2017*
On NAO V5 and NAO V4 during the warranty period: included in warranty
On NAO V5, NAO V4 and V3.3 outside the warranty period: quotation on
request ****
On other versions: not available

* Includes: 2 years warranty starting at initial shipping date - 1 charger
and battery. Does not include: SW suite and shipping.

** Includes: 2 years warranty starting at initial shipping date - 1 charger
and battery. Does not include shipping of replacement robot, shipping of
replaced robot, shipping possible to local offices – Paris/Boston/Shanghai
- does not include: SW suite. Please note that the new replacement robot
will be shipped after receipt of the replaced robot by our teams.

*** The total warranty period shall not exceed a duration of 4 years after
the initial shipping date of the product, unless otherwise agreed in

**** Repair at reasonable price during the RoboCup. In the case of NAO
V3.3, quotation will be done within the limits of available stock of V3.3
spare parts.

A “Delegation of Signature” document must be signed by the Delegating
Official for repair quotations on request during RoboCup.

Best regards,
- RoboCup 2017 Standard Platform League Technical and Organizing Committees

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