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ASU RoboSoc Devils Team Contact: Georgios Fainekos

School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University
Team Profile: None provided.
Research Topics: None provided.
Team Report: N/A

Austrian Kangaroos Team Contact: Dietmar Schreiner
Alexander Hofmann

Vienna University of Technology - Compilers and Languages Group
University of Applied Sciences Technikum Vienna
Team Profile: The Austrian Kangaroos are a team of volunteers, consisting of undergraduates, graduates, and researchers from Vienna University of Technology and University of Applied Sciences Technikum Vienna. The Kangaroos participated in RoboCup for the first time in Graz, 2009. Since then numerous students run through our robotic based education gaining experience in research and development within a challenging but entertaining environment. Parts of our professional research activities have been disseminated into other domains like the automotive industry and the game engineering business.
Research Topics: Biomimetics, safety and security, computational intelligence, computer vision
Team Report: Research Report 2014
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AUTMan Team Contact: Soroush Sadeghnejad

Humanoid Robotic Center, Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran PolyTechnic)
Team Profile: AUTMan NAO team is one of the active research groups which are working on Standard Platform robots at Humanoid Robotic Laboratory in Amirkabir Robotic Center of Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT). AUTMan team has formed to begin his project due to the basis of experience of Humanoid League which has been in progress since June 2010 and Soccer Simulation league which is active since 2004. AUTMan NAO Team consists of undergraduate and graduate students in the departments of Computer Engineering and Information Technology, Mechanical and Electrical Engineerings.
Research Topics: Gait Generation, Computer Vision, Probabilistic State Estimation, Machine Learning, Multi-Robot Localization, Motion Behavior.
Team Report: AUTMan2012-TDP.pdf

Bembelbots Team Contact: Dipl. Inf. Markus Meissner

Joint Robotics Lab, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Team Profile: Team consists of graduate and undergraduate students of Goethe University. The Bembelbots participated in RoboCup German Open since 2010 and have successfully qualified for RoboCup 2012.
Research Topics: Self localization, Image classification, Object recognition
Team Report: N/A

Berlin United - Nao Team Humboldt (BU-NaoTH) Team Contact: Heinrich Mellmann

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Team Profile: Nao Team Humboldt (NaoTH) is part of the Adaptive Systems group at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a member of the joint research group "Berlin United", together with the RoboCup team FUmanoids (KidSize League) from the Freie Universität Berlin. Established at the end of 2007, NaoTH is the successor of the Aibo Team Humboldt (part of the former German Team). The team mainly consist of graduate and undergraduate students and is closely involved in the teaching process. At the RoboCup world championship 2014 in Brazil we reached the quarterfinals in the main competition and were selected as one of the top 5 players in the drop-in challenge who constituted the all-star team. At the IranOpen we won 2nd place. Our research interests spread across the whole spectrum ranging from software architecture for autonomous robots, basic motion control, vision, perception, and modeling to high level planning.
Research Topics: Situation Modelling (self localization, local object modelling, semantic mapping), Attention Control, Dynamic Motion Control (walk, ball handling)
Team Report: Team Report 2014

B-Human Team Contact: Thomas Röfer
Tim Laue

DFKI Bremen, Cyber-Physical Systems
University of Bremen, Department of Computer Science
Team Profile: B-Human consists of students from the University of Bremen in their advanced study period and researchers from the DFKI Bremen. In the past, members of the B-Human team participated in different RoboCup leagues. Since 2009, B-Human won every RoboCup German Open, the only European Open as well as the RoboCup World Championships 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2016. We also won the RoboCup Technical Challenges in 2009, 2013, 2014, and 2015 and the Drop-in Player competitions at the RoboCup German Open 2014 and 2015 and at the RoboCup 2014 and 2016. In addition, B-Human team members earned the Best Paper Award at the RoboCup Symposiums 2010 and 2013.
Research Topics: Probabilistic state estimation, real-time computer vision, robot simulation, humanoid walking
Team Report: Available

Blue Spider Team Contact: Huang Baojuan
(Team email)

Xi’an Jiaotong University
Team Profile: Blue Spider, founded in 2009, is a collegial team which belongs to Xi’an Jiaotong University Engineering Workshop. Our main task is to develop high-performance software in order to drive Nao Robots to play better in football matches. The goal of our team is to participate in the RoboCup World Championships and also improve students’ ability of programming as well as innovation practices. At present, our team consists of two professors, three postgraduate students and seven undergraduate students. In 2013, we took part in the Chinese RoboCup Open Competition and achieved the fourth-place finish in the Standard Platform League competitive programs. At the same time, we do some related scientific researches through the platform of Nao Robots and take an active part in public welfare activities as well. With the efforts of all team members, we believe that we will achieve more success at the RoboCup World Championships.
Research Topics: Not available
Team Report: Not available

BURST Team Contact: Gal Kaminka
Eli Kolberg
Matan Keidar
Eran Polosetski

Maverick lab, Department of Computer Science, Bar-Ilan University
School of Engineering, Bar-Ilan University
Team Profile: Team consists of graduate and undergraduate students of Bar-Ilan University. BURST participated in Robocup 2009. BURST qualified to the top 16 in Robocup 2009.
Research Topics: Learning bi-pedal walking, Multi-robot formations, Multi-robot area patrol, Visual SLAM
Team Report: BURST09Report.pdf

Camellia Dragons Team Contact: Kunikazu Kobayashi
Tatsuya Tsubakimoto

Aichi Prefectural University
Team Profile: Camellia Dragons was newly organized in October, 2013 at Aichi Prefectural University (APU), Japan and also a newcomer to RoboCup Standard Platform League (SPL). The team consists of two masters students, five undergraduate students, and a faculty. All of them are affiliated with Intelligent Machine Learning laboratory (IML lab) at APU. The first big challenge is to participate in the SPL main competition for RoboCup Japan Open 2014. The challenge finally brought the first prize in the competition. The team is really motivated to challenge the SPL competition for RoboCup 2015 to be held in Hefei, China.
Research Topics: Cooperative behavior, Collision Avoidance, AutoBalancer, Rhythmic walking, Degree of malfunction, Dynamic role assignment, Human-robot interaction, Cloud robotics
Team Report: Not available

Cerberus Team Contact: Prof. H. Levent Akın
Okan Aşık

Computer Engineering Department of Boğaziçi University
Team Profile: Cerberus has been participating in RoboCup SPL competitions since 2001 except 2004. Cerberus was ranked first in the Technical Challenges in 2005 and made it to the quarter finals in 2006 and 2008. Cerberus took the fourth place in RoboCup German Open 2007. Cerberus 2015 team consists of seven students and their advisor Prof. H. Levent Akın. Two of the members are PhD students and one of them is an MSc student. The other members are undergraduate students who are participating in the team as a part of their graduation project. Our main focus is the development of successful autonomous multi-agent systems.
Research Topics: Multi-agent planning, reinforcement learning, computer vision.
Team Report: Team Report

CMurfs Team Contact: Somchaya Liemhetcharat

School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Team Profile: CMurfs - Carnegie Mellon United Robots for Soccer is a RoboCup team developed in the CORAL group of CMU, and we have been participating in RoboCup since 1997, in different leagues such as SSL and SPL.
Research Topics: Artificial intelligence, Multi-robot Coordination, Legged robot motion planning, Path planning, Computer vision, Localization, POMDPs
Team Report: N/A

Crude Scientists Team Contact: N.M.Mayer
Wen Chun(Bella) Chen
Ming Lan(Lanny) Chang

Taiwan, R.O.C
Electrical Engineering Department of National Chung Cheng University
Team Profile: The Crude Scientists Team is from the Electrical Engineering Department of National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. We were founded in 2009 and have participated the RoboCup 2009 @home league in Singapore. After that we changed our research topic into SPL league and participated every RoboCup Japan Open competition since 2012. In both 2012 and 2013 the Crude Scientists Team reached the first place. In 2014, we intend to participate in the RoboCup Japan Open Championship and the RoboCup World competition in Brazil.
Research Topics: robot intention detection and robot acoustic communication
Team Report: Not available

Cuauhpipiltin Team Contact: Marco Morales

Robotics Laboratory, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM)
Computer Science Group, Centro de Investigacion en Matematicas A.C. (CIMAT)
Department of Mathematics, Universidad de Guanajuato (DEMAT-UG)
School of Engineering, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Avanzados (CINVESTAV) Saltillo
Team Profile: The Cuauhpipiltin SPL team is an international RoboCup 2012 SPL participant. Our project is a collaborative effort of five renowned mexican institutions: ITAM, CIMAT, UNAM, DEMAT-UG, and CINVESTAV. The team consists of undergraduate students from ITAM, UNAM and DEMAT-UG and master students from CIMAT as well as five researchers. Our team was founded as the Eagle Knights team in ITAM in 2003, competing with the Aibo robots in RoboCup 2005, 2006, and 2007, and with the Nao Robots in RoboCup 2008 and 2009. This year, we compite under the original nahua name Cuauhpipiltin from cuauhtli (eagle) and pilli (noble person), one of the two high ranking mexica military orders.
Research Topics: Vision, localization, motion planning and control
Team Report: tdp_spl_ek_robocup2012.pdf

DAInamite Team Contact: Martin Berger

Technische Universität Berlin
Team Profile: Team DAInamite transitioned in the end of 2011 from 2D-simulation to SPL. The team is constituted of individuals from Faculty IV (EECS) and Faculty II (Math&Nat.Sc.) of TU Berlin and participates in SPL related activities since its debut in German Open 2012 competitions.
Research Topics: bipedal locomotion, multi-agent systems and coordination
Team Report: DAInamite TDP 2014

Dutch Nao Team Team Contact: Patrick de Kok / Duncan ten Velthuis / Eugenio Bargiacchi

The Netherlands
Universiteit van Amsterdam, Faculty of Science, Informatics Institute
Technische Universiteit Delft, Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Technische Universiteit Delft, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science
Maastricht University, Department of Knowledge Engineering
Team Profile: The Dutch Nao Team consists of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Bachelor and Master Students, supported by a senior staff-member. The Dutch Nao Team debuted in the Standard Platform League (SPL) competition at the German Open 2010. The same year the first research paper about the Nao was published. In 2011 the Dutch Nao Team made its breakthrough by qualifying for the World RoboCup in Istanbul.
Research Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Multi-Agent Systems, Motion, Communication, World Modeling, Probabilistic Robotics
Team Report: TDP 2014

Edinferno Team Contact: Subramanian Ramamoorthy
Alejandro Bordallo

United Kingdom
The University of Edinburgh Informatics
Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour
Team Profile: Our team made its RoboCup debut in the 2011 world cup held in Istanbul, Turkey, where we entered both in the Standard Platform League and the 2D Simulation League. We competed in the 2012 Mexico City RoboCup competition, where our team reached the quarter-finals, losing to the defending champions. We have participated from every year since, and from 2015 we are constructing from the ground up a Robot Operating System (ROS) based infrastructure. With past years experience and ample ROS knowledge, we aim to participate on the drop-in competition and technical challenges, and provide a solid foundation for future iterations building towards the main competition.
Research Topics: Autonomous decision making under uncertainty, learning in single/multi-agent environments, HRI and strategic interaction and navigation through intention prediction.
Team Report: Edinferno 2015 Team Report

Nao-Team HTWK Team Contact: Rico Tilgner

Faculty of Computer Science, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Leipzig University of Applied Sciences
Team Profile: The Nao-Team HTWK is a RoboCup team that consists of graduate and undergraduate students of Leipzig University of Applied Sciences and was founded in 2009. The team participated in RoboCup 2009-2011 as well as the RoboCup German Open 2009-2011.
Research Topics: Evolutionary Algorithms, Biped Walking, Artificial Intelligence, Multi-Robot Coordination, Computer Vision, Localization
Team Report: Team Report 2014

HULKs - Hamburg Ultra Legendary Kickers Team Contact: Patrick Göttsch

Hamburg University of Technology
Team Profile: The HULKs are a new team, that participates in the World Championship for the second time. Our team members are mostly undergraduate students. We have built our code base from scratch.
Research Topics: Inter-Robot Communication via sound, Control Systems, Efficient Software Design
Team Report: Team Report

JoiTech-SPL Team Contact: Jorge Luis Copete
Tomohiro Kojima
Team contact

Asada Laboratory Department of Adaptive Machine Systems, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan
Team Profile: Team JoiTech-SPL is originally derived from RoboCup team JoiTech, which participated in competitions of Humanoid AdultSize League since Japan Open 2010. Team JoiTech is composed of masters and doctoral students at Emergent Robotics Laboratory, Osaka University. This team was first started up as a new team in cooperation with students at Osaka Institute of Technology in RoboCup Japan Open 2010. The team name, JoiTech, is an acronym for “JEAP and Osaka Institute of Technology”, and it also means “joint team with Institute of Technology” and “enjoy technology”. The team had focused on Humanoid League AdultSize for several years. In RoboCup 2013 it took the league champion and best humanoid award. Then we decided to shift our focus to Standard Platform League. As the new team also kept the spirit of the original team, we design our team name by adding “SPL” to the original team name “JoiTech”.
Research Topics: Computer vision, Machine Learning, Multi-Agent Cooperation, Optimization
Team Report: Not available

Kouretes Team Contact: Michail G. Lagoudakis

School of Electronic and Computer Engineering
Technical University of Crete
Team Profile: Kouretes is the RoboCup team of the Technical University of Crete in Chania, Greece. The team consists mainly of undergraduate students working on their diploma thesis on selected robocup-related topics. Kouretes participates in RoboCup competitions since 2006. The team ranked 2nd in the MSRS contest at RoboCup 2007, 1st in the SPL-MSRS league at RoboCup 2008, 3rd in the SPL-Nao league at RoboCup 2008, and 2nd in the SPL Open Challenge at RoboCup 2011. In 2013, the team released NAOKinematics, a stand-alone C++ library for complete kinematics of the NAO humanoid robot.
Research Topics: robot software architectures, humanoid robot kinematics, onmidirectional stable walk, reliable local and global state estimation, dynamic team coordination
Team Report: TDP 2013

L3M Team Contact: Vincent HUGEL

Laboratoire d'Ingenierie des Systemes de Versailles (LISV), Universite de Versailles (UVSQ), France
Laboratoire d'Informatique Avancee de Saint-Denis (LIASD), Universite Paris 8 (UP8), France
Institut des Sciences et Techniques de Yvelines (ISTY), UVSQ, France
Departamento de Ingenieria de la Informacion y las Comunicaciones, Grupo de Investigacion de Ingenieria Aplicada (GIIA), Universidad de Murcia, Espana
Instituto Universitario de Automatica e Informatica Industrial (AI2), Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV), Espana
Team Profile: The L3M team (alias "Les Trois Mousquetaires", "Los Tres Mosqueteros", "The Three Musketeers") will be a French-Spanish joint team composed of master students and professors from Universities and institutes of both countries. French members are within "Universite de Versailles", "Universite Paris 8" and "ISTY" Versailles University Engineering school. Spain members come from "Universidad de Murcia" and "Universidad Politecnica de Valencia". The French and Spanish members participated in the AIBO league for several years. Best results of L3M participations in RoboCup include 1st rank in 1999, 2nd in 2001, and fourth in 2002. The team Los Hidalgos from Spain won the RomeCup in 2010 in the SPL.
Research Topics: Mobile robotics, legged locomotion, mechanics, real time embedded systems, sensorization and perception, embedded vision.
Team Report: N/A

Linköping Humanoids Team Contact: Fredrik Löfgren
Fredrik Heintz

Departments of Computer Science and Electrical EngineeringLinköping University
Team Profile: Linköping Humanoids is a joint effort at Linköping university between the student association FIA Robotics, the Division for Artificial Intelligence and Integrated Computer Systems (AIICS) at the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDA) and the Computer Vision Laboratory (CVL) at the Department of Electrical Engineering (ISY).
This is the first year we are participating in the SPL, but members of the team have been participating in the Simulation League and in RoboCup Junior previously. Last year we won the Humabot Challenge at the IEEE RAS Humanoids Conference.
Research Topics: AI, cognitive robotics, computer vision, multi-agent systems, machine learning, stream reasoning, and software development for autonomous systems
Team Report: Not available

MiPal Team Contact: V. Estivill-Castro

Griffith University and Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Team Profile: The research agenda of Machine Intelligence and Pattern Analysis Laboratory (MiPal) is to develop the software platform to integrate machine intelligence capabilities and to deploy them in integrated systems like autonomous mobile robots. In particular, we are interested on placing pattern analysis, machine l
Research Topics: Robotic Middleware, Model-Driven Development, Software Architectures, Vision and Pattern Analysis, Task Planning, Robotic Architectures, Modeling Robotic Behaviour.
Team Report: Not available

MRL-SPL Team Contact: Omid AmirGhiasvand
Mohammad Ali Zakeri

Qazvin Azad University
Team Profile: MRL SPL team, under the supervision of Qazvin Azad University (QIAU), is one of the research groups of the Mechatronics Research Laboratory (MRL), dedicated to work in the field of biped robots. MRL's presence in RoboCup different leagues since 2002, results in numerous successful achievements both in the areas of research and competition. MRL SPL team has been an active participant of world RoboCup since 2009. The team consists of various groups allocated to perform team’s strategy tasks and technical requirements in fields of Computer Vision, Motion, Modeling and Behavior Control.
Research Topics: Software Development
  Quality Assurance Methods and Software Development Processes
  Software Framework
Computer Vision
  Calibration Free Image Processing using Bayesian Classification
  Online Camera Displacement Tracking and Calibrating
Localization and World Modeling
  Active Head Motion and Control
Behavior Control
  Multi-Agent Cooperation and Coordination
  Automated Planning and Scheduling
  Bayesian Estimation for High-Level Game Planning
  KinetoStatic and Dynamic Analysis
  Ground Reference Points in Biped Locomotion
  Off-Line and Online Walking Pattern Generation
  Simplified Dynamic Models of a Biped Robot Considering the Dynamics of Upper Body
Team Report: Not available

Nao Devils Dortmund Team Contact: Oliver Urbann
Matthias Hofmann
Ingmar Schwarz

Robotics Research Institute, TU Dortmund
Team Profile: The team consists of researchers and students of TU Dortmund University. We participate in RoboCup competitions since 2002 with several different teams: Microsoft Hellhounds and as part of the German Team (4-Legged-League), DoHBots (Humanoid League), and BreDoBrothers (together with University Bremen) and now as Nao Devils Dortmund in the Standard Platform League.
Research Topics: biped walking, computer vision, stochastic filtering, artificial intelligence
Team Report: Team Report 2014

Northern Bites Team Contact: Eric Chown
Dan Zeller

Bowdoin College
Team Profile: The Northern Bites are a team of undergraduates from a small (less than 2000 total students) Liberal Arts College in Maine. The College has only four computer science faculty and no graduate students. The team has competed in RoboCup since 2006 and during that time has won a World Championship in 2007, finished second in 2009 and third in 2008. The team also has numerous top 8 finishes.
Research Topics: Cognitive robotics, machine vision, robot architecture, machine learning
Team Report: Not available

NTU RoboPAL Team Contact: Chi-Shen (Daniel) Shih
(Team email)

Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Taiwan University
Team Profile: The team consists of graduate and undergraduate students highly interested in solving real-world multi­robot research issues in terms of perception, behavior, and motion. Started from 2009, NTU RoboPAL participated in RoboCup SPL and made it to the quarter-final in 2009 and won the third place in 2011.
Research Topics: Multi-robot localization and tracking, multi-robot cooperative perception, activity recognition, motion planning, multi-robot navigation, imitation learning
Team Report: Not available

Philosopher Team Contact: Siim Schults
Gholamreza Anbarjafari

iCV group at IMS Lab of University of Tartu
Team Profile: Philosopher is a robot soccer team from the University of Tartu, Estonia, and so far, has been the only RoboCup participant from Estonia. The Team was established in January 2013, and successfully managed to prepare the materials, robots and strategies, as well as gain funding, within a comparatively-short time-interval, leading it to participate in the RoboCup Standard Platform League Championship 2014. We are also planning to participate in the 2015 Competitions, and have already been qualified to do so. In the 2014 Competitions, a couple of accredited companies sponsored our participation, and due to the Team's satisfactory performance, in the upcoming competitions, not only they are supporting us again, but also some other companies have shown interest in sponsoring us heretofore. Our team consists of six student members, namely, Siim Schults, Viljard Puusepp, Rainer Keerdo, Anastasia Bolotnikova, Andres Traumann and Morteza Daneshmand, and two supervisors, namely, Gholamreza Anbarjafari and Alvo Aabloo. All the team members are doing, or already have done, their studies on subjects related to robotics. Besides, at the moment, they are constantly working on tasks contributing to the enhancement of their own part, which fall, mainly, in the areas of self-localization system, automatization of color calibration process, robot motion melioration and game strategy.
Research Topics: multi-agent systems, game strategy, self localization, automatic color calibration, robot motion
Team Report: Team Report

Portuguese Team Team Contact: Joao Silva
Nuno Lau

University of Aveiro
IEETA - Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro
University of Porto
University of Minho
LIACC - Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Lab. - Porto
INESC-P - Institute for Systems and Computers Engineering - Porto
Team Profile: The Portuguese Team is composed by members of the three Portuguese teams that achieved better results in RoboCup European and World championships: FC Portugal, CAMBADA and 5DPO. Researchers from three different universities (Universities of Aveiro, Porto and Minho) in Portugal join efforts to build a new research oriented and competitive SPL team.
Research Topics: Multi-Agent Systems (MAS); coordination in MAS; Agent based simulation; Game analysis, strategic reasoning and tactical modeling; Multi-robot monitoring and debugging; Sensor and information fusion; Real time image processing, including stereo vision; Bridging the gap between simulated and real robotics.
Team Report: PortugueseTeam_TDP2012.pdf

RFC St.Ellingen Team Contact: J.Schönefeld

Department of Computer Engineering, University of Hamburg
Team Profile: The team consists of graduate and undergraduate students of the University of Hamburg. RFC St.Ellingen has been participating in RoboCup from 2004 to 2007 as "Hamburg DogBots" in the Four Legged League (FFL). Since 2009 the team is participating in the German Open SPL. The participation was part of the RoboCup courses (2003 until present), that offered undergraduate, master, diploma and PhD students the opportunity to study robotics in depth. During this period the research group “Technical Information Systems” (TIS) has been responsible for the courses.The team is also engaged in education and making Robotics accessible to a broad audience. The team has been offering public games in this time and in the last three years the team has been offering a one week project for high school students, where the students could program simple agents in the RoboCup setting.
Research Topics: Self localization, image analysis, machine vision, humanoid robot motion, reinforcement learning
Team Report: N/A

Rimal Team Humanoid Team Contact: Mohammed Al Dabbous

Saudi Arabia
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
Team Profile: A group of Faculty and students from Systems Engineering Department at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. This team is the first professional research team to participate in RoboCup Competition from Saudi Arabia.
Research Topics: mobile and humanoid robots, embedded and mobile devices, localization, navigation, and mapping, planning and reasoning, decision making under uncertainty, adaptive systems
Team Report: Report

RoboCanes Team Contact: Andreas Seekircher
Saminda Abeyruwan
Ubbo Visser

Department of Computer Science, University of Miami
Team Profile: The Team consists of graduate students of the AI, Games & Robotics LAB. RoboCanes participated in RoboCup since 2010 in the 3D Soccer Simulation League and reached 2nd places in the 2012 and 2014 World Cup, won the German Open 2011 and was runner-up at the Iran Open 2012. It is the team's 4th year in the SPL.
Research Topics: Learnable knowledge representation, motions, biped walking control, multi-agent cooperation, self-localization, obstacle avoidance, parameter optimization, reinforcement learning.
Team Report: Not available

RoboEireann Team Contact: Rudi Villing

Department of Computer Science, Maynooth University
Department of Electronic Engineering, Maynooth University
Team Profile: RoboEireann is Ireland's only SPL team and comprises students and staff from the Maynooth University Electronic Engineering and Computer Science departments. In previous competitions we have attained 1st place in RoboCup 2008 as part of NUManoids (a joint effort with Newcastle University, Australia), 1st place in RoboCup 2011 Technical Challenge, 2nd place in the 2012 German Open, and the quarter-finals of RoboCup 2013.
Research Topics: Computer vision, robust localization, multi-agent behaviour, closed-loop kinematics
Team Report: Not available

SpelBots Team Contact: Dr. Yolanda Rankin
Dr. Jakita Thomas
Jazette Johnson
Daria Jordan

Spelman College
Team Profile: The SpelBots team consists of undergraduate women students in computer science and engineering, mathematics, and biology. SpelBots have competed in international and local/regional RoboCup events since 2005. The team will compete in the RoboCup 2014 Brazil in the Standard Platform League.
Research Topics: Humanoids as Emotionally Intelligent Agents, K-12 robotics education
Team Report: Not available

SPiTeam Team Contact: Francisco Martin Rico

Department of Telematuc Systems and Communications, Rey Juan Carlos University
Team Profile: Team consists of graduate and undergraduate students of URJC Robotics Lab. The members of the team participated in RoboCup (or regional competitions) since 2004 to 2008 (four-legged and SPL) in the TeamChaos. SPiTeam was created in 2009 to participate in the SPL league. Our best record was in German Open 2012, where we finisehd 5th in the rank.
Research Topics: Self localization, robot cooperation, behavior architectures, Real Time 3D vision
Team Report: report.pdf

SPQR Team Team Contact: Francesco Riccio
Federico Patota

Department of Computer, Control and Managemente engineering "Antonio Ruberti" at La Sapienza University of Rome
Team Profile: SPQR Team is the RoboCup team of the Department of Computer, Control and Managemente engineering "Antonio Ruberti" at La Sapienza University of Rome. Our team participate in RoboCup competitions since 1998 in different leagues: Middle-size(1998-2002), Four-legged(2000-2007), Real-Rescue(2003-2006), Virtual-Rescue(2006-2008), Standard Platform League since 2008. During 2013 we won the first place at the Iran Open, and the third place at the German Open.
Research Topics: Multi-robot coordination, multi-object tracking and self localization, real-time
Team Report: Qualification Report 2015

Team-NUST Team Contact: Dr. Yasar Ayaz
Muhammad Talha Imran

Robotics and Intelligent Systems Engineering (RISE) Research Center, SMME, NUST
Team Profile: Team-NUST was established formally in 2013 in the Legged Robotics Group of RISE Research Center, SMME, NUST, Pakistan with the aim of carrying out research in the rapidly progressing field of humanoid robotics, artificial intelligence, machine vision, motion planning, kinematics and navigation; with the motivation to participate in RoboCup Standard Platform League.
Research Topics: Robust and predictable kicking motion, multi-agent cooperative behavior, motion planning, localization and mapping, probabilistic reasoning.
Team Report: Team Description Paper

TJArk Team Contact: CHEN Qijun
Han Xincheng

School of Electronics and Information Engineering, Tongji University
Team Profile: TJArk was established in 2004 as a part of the Lab of Robot and Intelligent Control of Tongji University in China. The team consists graduates and undergraduates. All the members of this team are from Control Science and Control Engineering Department. The TJArk participated in the RoboCup SPL competition from 2006 through 2014. We entered the quarter finals in RoboCup 2007 and RoboCup 2008, and Play-In Round in RoboCup2014. We are the SPL Champion in RoboCup China Open in 2013 and in 2014. In 2015, we intend to participate in the RoboCup World Championship and RoboCup China Open.
Research Topics: Machine Vision, Motion Control of Biped Robot, Machine Learning, Self Localization, Multi-agent Systems
Team Report: Not available

UChile Robotics Team Team Contact: José Miguel Yáñez
Javier Ruiz del Solar

Department of Electrical Engineering, Universidad de Chile
Advanced Mining Technology Center, Universidad de Chile
Team Profile: The UChile robotics team is an effort of the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Universidad de Chile in order to foster research in mobile robotics. The team is involved in RoboCup competitions since 2003 in different leagues: Four-legged 2003-2007, Humanoid in 2007-2010, and Standard Platform League from 2008.
Research Topics: Mobile robotics and computer vision: self localization, perception, navigation, learning and mobile robot simulation
Team Report: Not available

UnBeatables Team Contact: De Hong Jung
Cristiana Miranda

LARA (Laboratory of Robotics and Automation), UNB (University of Brasilia)
Team Profile: Created in 2014 and affiliated with the University of Brasilia, UnBeatables is the only Brazilian team that has ever participated in the Standard Platform division of the Robocup. Composed of mostly graduation students we have achieved titles for the drop-in only category in both events we have participated: The 2014 Robocup in Joao Pessoa, Brazil and the 2014 LARC (Latin American Robotics Competition) in Sao Carlos, Brazil. This year we hope to expand our team and to do our best in the Robocup.
Research Topics: Motion control, human-robot interaction, indoor mapping and localization
Team Report: Not available

UNSW Australia Team Contact: Claude Sammut
Maurice Pagnucco
Brad Hall

UNSW Australia
Team Profile: UNSW Australia is the UNSW Australia's team in the RoboCup SPL. The team is mostly made up of undergraduate students from the School of Computer Science and Engineering, with some postgraduate and alumni members. Undergraduate students are often enrolled in an Honours thesis or Special Project course as part of their studies.
Research Topics: Autonomous Systems is a priority research topic in robotics at CSE, UNSW. Our general research focus, of which the RoboCup SPL is a part, is to:
  • further develop reasoning methods that incorporate uncertainty and real-time constraints and that integrate with the statistical methods used in SLAM and perception
  • develop methods for using estimates of uncertainty to guide future decision making so as to reduce the uncertainty
  • extend these methods for multi-robot cooperation
  • use symbolic representations as the basis for human-robot interaction
  • develop learning algorithms for hybrid systems, such as using knowledge of logical constraints to restrict the search of a trial-and-error learner and learning the constraints
  • develop high level symbolic robotic languages that provide abstractions for a large range of deliberation, planning and learning techniques so as to simplify robot programming
Team Reports: Team Report
Code Release

UPennalizers Team Contact: Dr. Daniel Lee
Dickens He
Sagar Poudel

Grasp Lab of University of Pennsylvania
School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania
Team Profile: The team consists of graduate and undergraduate students of the University of Pennsylvania led by Dr Daniel Lee of the GRASP Lab. The UPennalizers participated in the RoboCup SPL competition from 1999 through 2005 and returned in 2009. Last year, the UPennalizers team was an international RoboCup 2014 SPL participant as well as a 2014 US Open SPL participant.
Research Topics: Computer vision, self localization, path planning and obstacle avoidance, feedback based walk/motion engine, multi-robot communication and collaboration.
Team Report: Team Report

UT Austin Villa Team Contact: Samuel Barrett
Katie Genter
Jacob Menashe

Department of Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin
Team Profile: Our team is from the University of Texas at Austin. We participated in the Aibo league starting in 2003 and started with the Naos in 2007. We also field teams in the RoboCup 2D and 3D simulation leagues. We won the 2009, 2010, and 2012 SPL US Opens. At the international RoboCup SPL competitions, we made the quarterfinals in 2009, won 3rd place in 2010 and 2013, and won the championship in 2012.
Research Topics: Self localization, vision algorithms, multi-agent task allocation, obstacle avoidance, reinforcement learning
Team Report: report.pdf

UTH-CAR Team Contact: Diego Mauricio Reyes
Alberto E. Petrilli Barceló

Logo not yet available UTH
Team Profile: UTH-CAR is a new team in the SPL League. The team is formed by two Mexican institutions: the Technological University of Huejotzingo and the Autonomous University of Carmen. The project is formed by undergraduate students under the direction of researchers of both institutions.
Research Topics: Humanoid Perception, Visual SLAM, Image Processing, Machine Learning.
Team Report: team-report.pdf?

UTS Unleashed! Team Contact: Mary-Anne Williams

Innovation and Enterprise Research Laboratory
Team Profile: UTS Unleashed! was established in 2003 and is known for its innovative style having developed the first dodge behavior in the legged league ( ). The UTS Dodge transformed the game and was widely adopted after UTS introduced it in 2004. UTS Unleashed! were the Australian Champions in 2004, won the Scientific Challenges and were Runners Up at RoboCup 2004. In 2006 UTS were the first Robot Soccer Team to be invited to China where they played against all the Chinese Legged Teams in Exhibition Matches in Suzhou for China Science Week. In 2008 UTS Unleashed! joined forces with USTC robot soccer team to create
Research Topics: Artificial intelligence, Commonsense Reasoning, Multi-Robot Collaboration, Motion and Path Planning, Localization, Cognitive Modeling, Knowledge Representation, Attention, Anticipation and Autonomy
Team Report: N/A

WPI Warriors Team Contact: Sonia Chernova
David Kent
Quinten Palmer

Department of Computer Science, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Team Profile: The WPI Warriors consists of undergraduate and first-year graduate students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The team first competed at RoboCup 2011 in the Standard Platform League.
Research Topics: Multi-Robot Coordination, Probabalistic Localization, Computer Vision, 3D Visualization
Team Report: N/A

WrightOcean Team Contact: Fei Liu
Gaohuan Lv
Liming Liu

Lab of Robotics, School of Information and Electrical Engineering, Ludong University
Team Profile: WrightOcean, a team which belongs to Lab of Robotics, School of Information and Electrical Engineering, Ludong University in China, was established in April, 2012. It is a young and passionate team, and all of the members are undergraduates keen on robotics. The WrightOcean team participated in the Standard Platform League of RoboCup China Open in 2013 for the first time, and we were the runner-up to the TJArk (a team from Tongji University) in a team competition. In 2014, we took part in three technical challenges and shared the third place with Dalian University of Technology. We look forward to share ideas with other teams coming from different countries and regions.
Research Topics: Self localization, vision algorithms, sound recognition algorithms
Team Report: Not available

Z-Knipsers Team Contact: Alex Locher
Khoa Nguyen

Automatic Control Laboratory (IfA) and Computer Vision Laboratory (Biwi) Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Team Profile: The Z-Knipsers from ETH Zurich are currently the only Swiss team in the SPL. The team was founded in late 2011; it consists of undergraduate students supervised by Ph.D. students. Currently, our work is primarily based on the B-Human code release 2013. After competing at the German Open and some smaller events last year, we will participate at our first international RoboCup in Hefei.
Research Topics: Self-localization, computer vision, multi-agent formation and task assignment
Team Report: Not available