What is RoboCup?

A brief introduction into the research on cooperative multi-robot systems


At present most of the robot systems in use work in a static environment which has been especially designed and which is therefore well-known. Future generations of robots, however, shall be capable of coping with unknown and dynamically changing environments. Furthermore, they shall be able to solve problems of higher complexity by cooperating with other robots. New concepts for flexible robot control, communication, and cooperation between robots must therefore be developed. One possible testbed for a dynamic environment is the RoboCup, a contest for "soccer playing" robots.

The Robot World Cup Initiative (RoboCup) is an attempt to foster AI and intelligent robotics research by providing a standard problem where a wide range of technologies can be integrated and examined. For this purpose, RoboCup chose to use the soccer game and to organize the RoboCup: The Robot World Cup Soccer Games and Conferences. In order to make sure that a robot team can actually play a soccer game various technologies must be incorporated, including: design principles of autonomous agents, multi-agent collaboration, strategy acquisition, real-time reasoning, robotics, and sensor-fusion. RoboCup is a task for a team of multiple fast-moving robots in a dynamic environment. The RoboCup also offers a software platform for research on the software aspects of the RoboCup. (excerpt from the official RoboCup site)