RoboCup 2014

 

First round groups

 The selection of groups and teams for the first round of RoboCup 2014 for the SSL is already done:

 

 FieldA  FieldB
 FieldC  FieldD

 

 

Invited Speakers at RoboCup 2014

Two main speakers are already confirmed for RoboCup 2014. Below, we have summarized their respective profiles as presented in the official RoboCup website

 

brooks

 

Rodney Brooks: Emeritus professor of robotics at MIT. He is a robotics entrepreneur  and Founder, Chairman of Rethink Robotics and irobot Corp. Dr Brooks is former Director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and then the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He received degrees in pure mathematics from the Flinders University of South Australia and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1981. He has published many papers in computer vision, artificial intelligence, robotics and artificial life. 

 

sami

 

Sami Haddain: is full professor and director of the institute of Automatic Control (IRT) at Leibniz University Hanover, Germany. Previously, he was the scientific Coordinator of the "Human-Centered Robotics" group at the Robotics and Mechatronics Center of the of the German Aerospace center (DLR) and Lecturer at technical University of Munich. In 2011, he was a visiting scholar at Standford University and consulting scientist of Willow Garage Inc. unitl 2013. He received degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Technology Management from TUM and Ludwig Maximilian University Munich respectively. He obtained his Ph.D with summa cum laude from RWTH Aachen in 2011. His research topics include physical Human-Robot interaction, nonlinear robot control, real-time motion planning, robot learning, optimal control and safety in robotics.

 

STOx's in the world top 6 of 2013

 The STOx's team from Univesity of Santo Tomás will attend the RoboCup 2014 event as second leader within its group after its qualification as one of the world's top 6 teams from RoboCup 2013. Each team in the top 6 group has special qualification requirements. One of them, includes the submission of an extended team description paper (ETDP) that will be presented orally in the event. The following table shows the countries and teams that belong to the top 6.

 

TeamCountry
ZJUNLict China
CMDragons USA
MRL Iran
RoboDragons Japan
KIKS Japan
STOX's Colombia

 

It is an honor for the STOx's team to represent our country once again in the world's most important event in the field of robotics: RoboCup.

 

STOx's is oficially qualified to RoboCup 2014

The STOx's team from Universidad Santo Tomás has gained the qualification for fourth time in a row to the RoboCup world championship of this year. The results were released by the organizing comitee last tuesday march 25th on the league's wiki. For this year, 28 teams from all over the globe achieved qualification and this year STOx's is the only Colombian team in the tournament. Together with five teams from Brazil and one from Mexico are the groups of latin-americans teams. The following table contains the teams that are qualified.

  Tabla

Qualification for RoboCup 2014

The team's classification process for the RoboCup 2014 already started. This year the event will be held in Joao Pessoa from the 19th to the 25th of July. The deadline for the pre-registation process was the 31st of January and 38 teams from all over the globe stated their intention to participate in the contest. The STOx's team from University of Santo Tomás shows up again as the only representative of Colombia and together with teams from Chile, Perú and Brasil are the representative of the south-american continent.

 

The next step within the qualification process is the final stage of the process and it will give the organizing comitee all the arguments to decide the group teams that will finally attend the event. Every team is required to send to the organizing comitee a Team Description Paper (TDP) and a short video that should demonstrate the playable capabilities of the team. The deadline to send both products is the 28th of February and the notification of the final group of teams will be the 15th of March.

 Team Description Paper

The Team Description Paper is a technical paper where each team should describe the main components of their robots and their strategies. The main idea is that the most important information of succesful teams could be shared among all teams. This will encourage new teams to join the RoboCup initiative without the need to start from scratch by taking advantage of the previous team's experiences.

The TDP of the STOx's team for the RoboCup 2014 qualification process can be found in the following link:

STOx's TDP 2014

 Qualification Video

In addition to the TDP, a short video should also be submitted for the qualification process. The video should contain at least 1 minute of unedited continous footage and it should demonstrate the team's capabilities to play in an international competence. This is the qualification video of the STOx's team for the RoboCup 2014: