Teams from universities, colleges and companies compete against each other in 13 leagues in four categories: autonomous football-playing robot teams (RoboCupSoccer), domestic service robots (RoboCup@Home), robots to support civilian forces (RoboCupRescue) and in future production environments (RoboCupIndustrial).
The main focus of the RoboCup competitions is the game of football/soccer, where the research goals concern cooperative multi-robot and multi-agent systems in dynamic adversarial environments. All robots in this league are fully autonomous.
The games also serve as a great opportunity to educate and entertain the public around S&T issues.
RobocupRescue aims to increase awareness of the challenges involved in search and rescue applications, develop simulators to emulate search and rescue scenarios, develop intelligent agents and robots that are given the capabilities of the main actors in search and rescue scenarios, provide objective evaluation of robotic implementations in representative environments, and promote collaboration between researchers.
The RoboCup@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 non-standardized 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 Behaviors, Behavior Integration, Ambient Intelligence, Standardization and System Integration. It is colocated with the RoboCup symposium.
RoboCup@Home Education http://www.robocupathomeedu.org is a special education program providing support for new teams in the context of a simplified RoboCup@Home competition oriented on forming new teams and preparing them to the main competitions.
RoboCup@Work is the newest league in RoboCup, targeting the use of robots in work-related scenarios. RoboCup@Work utilizes proven ideas and concepts from other RoboCup competitions to tackle open research challenges in industrial and service robotics. With the introduction of this league RoboCup opens up to communities researching both classical and innovative robotics scenarios with very high relevance for the robotics industry.
The RoboCup Logistics League (RCLL) is an application driven league inspired by the industrial scenario of a smart factory, where a number of machines provide manufacturing services to refine, assemble, or modify a workpiece eventually resulting in a final product. In this new paradigm, the factory provides a number of production technologies rather than production types. These can then be combined anew for each specific order. The idea is to allow cost effective production even for low volume or high variance products. Such a factory requires a more flexible logistics, where robots are a natural choice. The RCLL provides a testbed and benchmark of a comprehensible and yet meaningful size for such a system. We see the RCLL in a larger context as a central — but by no means exclusive — requirement for modern manufacturing industries. It focuses on research questions about task level planning and scheduling, automation in an industrial production workflow, and multi-robot system integration. It is meant to spawn interest in industry for current robotics research and to provide a benchmarking domain for such applications.
RoboCup Logistics League: https://ll.robocup.org/
RoboCup Australia Major Event at the National Championships in Brisbane
Dear RoboCup Major Teams,
We are thrilled to announce an extraordinary opportunity that will enhance the RoboCup Australia National Championships this year.
For the first time, we are integrating RoboCup Major events into our annual championships, and we invite your team to be a part of this groundbreaking expansion. We hope this is the start of a long-term project, with the hope to include all active Australian teams by 2026 as well as international teams from the Asia Pacific region.
This is the beginning of what we hope will grow the RoboCup Major community in Australia, providing a local opportunity for past Junior participants and current volunteers.
This is a call to all current RoboCup Major teams who are eager to showcase their capabilities and innovative technologies. Your participation will not only enrich the competition but also inspire and stimulate the RoboCup Junior competitors, bridging the gap between emerging talents and established expertise in robotics.
What’s in it for your team?
We are eager to create an event that is as dynamic and diverse as the field of robotics itself. Whether it’s competing at the highest levels or showcasing groundbreaking developments, your involvement is key to achieving this vision.
How to Register: Please express your interest by the 1st of March via this link:
We can’t wait to see your team in action, pushing the boundaries of robotics and igniting the spirit of innovation at the RoboCup Australia National Championships.
RoboCup Federation Executive, representing RoboCupJunior
RoboCup Junior Australia, Relations Executive