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Qualification Decisions for the International SPL 2017

Qualified Teams for the 2017 SPL Team Competition in Nagoya:

Bembelbots, Berlin United - NaoTH, B-Human, Camellia Dragons, Dutch Nao Team, HULKs, JoiTech-SPL, Linkoping Humanoids, Luxembourg United, MRL-SPL, Nao Devils Dortmund, Nao-Team HTWK, NomadZ, NTU RoboPAL, RoboCanes, RoboEireann, TJArk, UChile Robotics Team, UNSW Australia, UPennalizers, UT Austin Villa, WrightOcean

Alternate Teams for the 2017 SPL Team Competition in Nagoya:

1st Alternate: SPQR (unable to attend)
2nd Alternate: MiPal (qualified)
3rd Alternate: Luxembourg United (qualified)
4th Alternate: CMTartans
5th Alternate: Aztlan

Qualified Teams for the 2017 SPL Mixed Teams Competition in Nagoya:

DoBerMan (Berlin United - NaoTH + Nao Devils Dortmund, default jersey)
B-HULKs (B-Human + HULKs, grey jersey)
Swift-Ark (TJArk + UNSW Australia, yellow jersey)
Team USA (UPennalizers + UT Austin Villa, blue jersey)

Qualified Teams for 2017 SPL Regional Open Competitions:

Aztlan, CMTartans, MiPAL, SPQR, Team NUST

International SPL 2017 Competitors

Note: The following listing is a work in progress, and should not be considered to be an extensive list of all qualified 2017 SPL teams. Team information is being posted as it is received from teams.

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

Camellia Dragons Team Contact: Kenta Hidaka
Kunikazu Kobayashi

Aichi Prefectural University
Team Profile: Camellia Dragons was organized in October, 2013 at Aichi Prefectural University (APU), Japan. The team consists of five masters students, ten undergraduate students, and two faculty members. All of them are affiliated with Intelligent Machine Learning laboratory (IML lab) at APU. The team made a debut at the SPL competition for RoboCup Japan Open 2014 and won first place in the main competition. In 2015, we also participated in the SPL competition for RoboCup Japan Open 2015. Finally, we won first place in the main competition in a row and also went to the top in the technical challenge. In RoboCup Japan Open 2016, we awarded second place in the main competition. The team also challenged to RoboCup 2015 in Hefei, China and participated in the drop-in player competition and three technical challenges. In RoboCup 2016 in Leipzig, Germany, the team firstly participated in the main competition, which was the first Japanese team to join it.
Research Topics: Cooperative behavior, Real-time object recognition, Dynamic role assignment, Self-localization, Human-robot interaction.
Team Report: Not available yet

Dutch Nao Team Team Contact: Caitlin Lagrand
Sébastien Negrijn

Universiteit van Amsterdam, Faculty of Science, Informatics Institute
Maastricht University, Department of Knowledge Engineering
Team Profile: The Dutch Nao Team consists of bachelor and master students, supported by a senior staff-member. The team debuted at the German Open 2010 and made its breakthrough by qualifying for RoboCup Istanbul in 2011.
Research Topics: Computer vision, behaviour control, world modeling, probabilistic robotics, machine learning
Team Report: Available

HULKs Team Contact:

Technical University of Hamburg
Team Profile: HULKs is student association of graduate and undergraduate students established in 2013 working in their leisure time or in thesis works on RoboCup SPL topics. We developed an own NAO framework. Team members participated at RoboCup in 2014, 2015 and 2016, GemanOpens in 2014 and 2015 and EuropeanOpen in 2016. For 2015 and 2017 we were Prequalifed for the RoboCup. Together with the BitBots we organize the RoHOW ( for the last three years.
Research Topics: fast and reliable software frameworks, biped walking, machine learning, computer vision
Team Report: Available

Linköping Humanoids Team Contact: Fredrik Heintz
Fredrik Löfgren

Department of Computer and Information Science
Linköping University
Team Profile: Linköping Humanoids is a joint effort at Linköping university between the student association FIA Robotics and the Division for Artificial Intelligence and Integrated Computer Systems (AIICS) at the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDA).
Research Topics: AI, cognitive robotics, multi-agent systems, machine learning, stream reasoning, and software development for autonomous systems.
Team Report: Not available yet

Luxembourg United Team Contact: Patrice Caire
Yan Medernach

University of Luxembourg - SnT (Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust)
Team Profile: Luxembourg United is a new team created in the early part of 2016. We are part of the Social Robotics Laboratory of Automation group. Our team comprises member from computer science, robotics, engineering and applied mathematic. We created the team to motivate students and federate a wide range of research areas under a common framework: robot soccer competition. Our team background is in normative cooperative multi-agent systems, coalition formation, distributed AI, human-robot interaction, security for mobile service robots and machine learning. Our new football field, situated in the heart of Luxembourg's high-profile European institutions is built following the official rules and will be ready in January 2017 to host friendly competitions.
Research Topics: Distributed artificial intelligence, human robot interaction (HRI), Cooperation, Computer vision, Localisation and navigation.
Team Report: Available

MiPal Team Contact: Vladimir Estivill-Castro

Australia, Spain
Griffith University
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Team Profile: Mi-Pal has a long involvement and participation in RoboCup. Prof. Estivill-Castro supervised the student team that was champion of the RoboCup Jr (Higher Education Mindstorms category) in Seattle in 2001, and was a team member of the NewBots (U. of Newcastle) that finished 3rd in 2001. As Mi- Pal, the team participated in the RoboCup SONY League in 4 consecutive years (2003-2006). We were recognised for our debugging tools on the SONY Aibo platforms as well as for our software architecture and vision systems. We also participated in RoboCup@Home twice (2006-2007). With the Nao platform, we have participated in the full competition and the technical challenges in Istanbul (2011), in Mexico City (2012), in Eindhoven (2013), while in 2014 in Joao Pessoa we participated in the technical challenges and drop in challenge. At those venues, the team performed competitively.
Research Topics: Software architecture for Robotics, Behaviour Modelling, Task Planning, Machine Learning
Team Report: Not available yet

NomadZ Team Contact: Marc Naumann
Simon Maurer

Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering ETH Zurich
Automatic Control Laboratory (IfA)
Computer Vision Laboratory (CVL)
Team Profile: The NomadZ from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, formerly known as Z-Knipsers, participated for the first time in the RoboCup 2016 Team Competition. The team consists of five to ten undergraduate students supervised by Ph.D. students. Our work is based on the B-Human code release 2013 and we have implemented modifications and additions in the area of perception, behavior and to a limited extent in motor control. For the RoboCup 2017, we have qualified for the team competition and are aiming to improve on last year's results.
Research Topics: Self-Localization, Object Detection and Avoidance, Motion Control, Passing and Robot Formation.
Team Report: Not available yet

RoboEireann Team Contact: Rudi Villing
John McDonald

Department of Electronic Engineering, Maynooth University
Department of Computer Science, 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, individual and multi-agent behaviour, closed-loop kinematics, software for autonomous systems.
Team Report: Not available yet

TJArk Team Contact: Li Shu
Zeng Zhiying

College of Electronics and Information Engineering, Tongji University
Team Profile: TJArk was established in 2004 as a part of the Robots and Intelligent Systems Lab 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 2016. We entered the quarter finals in RoboCup 2007, RoboCup 2008 and RoboCup 2016. We are the SPL Champion in RoboCup China Open in latest 4 years. In 2017, we intend to participate in the RoboCup World Championship and RoboCup China Open.
Research Topics: Pattern recogition, machine learning, computer vision, motion control of biped robot, multi-agent systems.
Team Report: Available

UChile Robotics Team Team Contact: Gabriel Azocar
Kenzo Lobos

University of Chile
Advanced Mining Technology Center
Team Profile: 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 has been involved in RoboCup competitions since 2003 in different leagues: Four-legged 2003-2007, Humanoid in 2007-2010, and Standard Platform League since 2008.
Research Topics: Mobile robotics and computer vision: Perception, probabilistic estimation, fuzzy models, self localization and reinforcement learning.
Team Report: Not available yet

UPennalizers Team Contact: Dr.Daniel Lee
Yongbo Qian

General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory
School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania
Team Profile: The UPennalizers consists of graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Pennsylvania and is led by Dr.Daniel Lee of the GRASP Lab. Our team participated in the RoboCup international competitions from 1999 through 2006 using Aibo robots, and won the 2nd place in 2003. Since 2009, we returned to the Standard Platform League and made to the quarterfinals in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016. In U.S, we participated in the RoboCup U.S Open every year and won the championships in 2013 and 2014. The lab also had a 5-year Championship team in the RoboCup Humanoid League. .
Research Topics: Self localization, vision algorithms, multi-agent task allocation, obstacle avoidance, reinforcement learning, ad hoc teamwork
Team Report: Available

UT Austin Villa Team Contact: Katie Genter
Josiah Hanna
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 a team in the RoboCup 3D simulation league. We won the 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2016 SPL US Opens. At the international RoboCup SPL competitions, we made the quarterfinals in 2009, won 3rd place in 2010 and 2013, finished in 2nd place in 2016, and won the championship in 2012.
Research Topics: Self localization, vision algorithms, multi-agent task allocation, obstacle avoidance, reinforcement learning, ad hoc teamwork
Team Report: Not available yet

WrightOcean Team Contact: Fei Liu
Gaohuan Lv
Yanbin Wang

Lab of Robotics, School of Information and Electrical Engineering, Ludong University, China
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 (the TJArk from Tongji University was the champion) in a team competition. In 2014, we took part in three technical challenges and shared the third place with Dalian University of Technology. In 2015, we firstly took part in RoboCup International SPL and won the third place in technical challenges and one of best drop-in only teams in drop-in player competition. In 2016, we took part in Pre-RoboCup Asia-Pacific Competition in Beijing and we firstly used black and white ball to participate in the team competition. We look forward to share ideas with other teams coming from different countries and regions.
Research Topics: Vision algorithms,motion control,localization.
Team Report: Available