[robocup-athome] [RoboCup at Home2017] Second Call for Participation

Mauricio Matamoros mmatamorosmc at gmail.com
Mon Feb 6 16:10:02 UTC 2017

Call for Participation

RoboCup -2017 RoboCup at Home League
July 25 - July 30, 2017 (Nagoya, Japan)

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.

The RoboCup at Home league is itegrated by three Leagues officially referred

   - Domestic Standard Platform League [DSPL] (Toyota HSR)
   - Social Standard Platform League [SSPL] (SoftBank Robotics Pepper)
   - Open Platform League [OPL]

This message describes the preregistration and qualification procedure for
RoboCup at Home League 2017.
Important dates:
Feb. 5, 2017 Intention of Participation
Mar. 12, 2017 Deadline for submission of qualification material and
  (Team Description Paper, Team Video, Team Website, Information in @Home
Mar. 26, 2017 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 Organizing Committee (oc at robocupathome.org)
to indicate your intention to participate in the RoboCup at Home 2017 event,
including the following basic information:
Team Name:
Team Leader Name:
Contact information (E-mail):
Web site:

Only one platform can be specified per team.

The e-mail subject should be: [@Home2017-Participation] (YourTeamName)

Please check the email is encoded in UTF-8 using only the ISO-8859-1
character set.

***** Deadline: Sunday, 5th Feb. 2017 23:59 GMT ******

Step 2) Qualification Material Submission (mandatory)

The team ***MUST*** send an email to the Oranizing Committee (
oc at robocupathome.org) to participate in the qualification process for the
RoboCup at Home 2017 event. Please fill in the following information:
Team Name:
Team Leader Name:
Contact information (E-mail):
Web site: 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

The e-mail subject should be: [@Home2017-Participation] (YourTeamName)


   - Only one platform can be specified per team.
   - All the publications and software to be evaluated for qualification
   ***MUST*** be in the team’s website.
   - The email must be encoded in UTF-8 using only the ISO-8859-1 character

*Important Notice:* As platforms are independent, you must send an
application email for each platform you want to compete in, specifying
different team names in each. Qualification Material (e.g. video and TDP)
must match the robot to qualify.

***** Deadline: Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017 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.

*[Standard Platforms Only]* The robot shown in the video must not be
altered or modified in any way.

Instructions for the TDP

The TDP is an 8-pages long scientific paper, detailing information on the
technical and scientific approach of the team’s research, while including
also the following:

   - 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
   - Brief, compact list of the 3rd party robot's software (e.g. ROS vision
   should be included, but not OpenCV).
   - *[Open Platform Only]* Brief, compact description of the robot's
   - *[Standard Platforms Only]* Specify all external computing devices, if

For the TDP, please use the Springer LNAI format
<http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0> used in the
RoboCup Symposium submissions and limit yourself to 8 pages without
altering margins or spacing. You may download a template for the TDP from
here <https://github.com/RoboCupAtHome/TDPTemplate>.

Instructions for the Web site

While the TDP goes into detail about the technical and scientific approach
of the team’s research, the website should be designed for a broader
audience, including:

   - Photos of the robot(s)
   - Videos of the robot(s)
   - Description of the approaches and information on scientific
   - Relevant publications (last 5 years, preferably available to download)
   - 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

*Note to experienced competitors:* Major changes are being done in the
rulebook. You may download the latest version from:

With kind regards, and looking forward to see your team in Nagoya,
The 2017 RoboCup at Home Organizing and Technical Committees

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