What is Involved in RoboCup Soccer

In attempts to foster Artificial Intelligence research (AI) and Robotics, Professor Allan Markworth mentioned the possibility of having robots to compete in a particular domain. As at then, the most preferred domain that would stimulate interested people in this field was soccer, a game that has the most following. This initiative has created forums through which different engineers can meet to enhance the use of robots, research and education.

Through this contact, engineers bring together their technologies and incorporate them to come up with a solution for a common problem. In order to make the soccer game possible with robots, technologies that must be incorporated include: strategy that is synonymous to reasoning, sensing, autonomous and agent – collaboration.

The soccer is organized in several ways to accommodate the most natural setting of a real soccer game as well as achieving its primary goal of research and robotics. Currently, this is how it is organized:

Simulator League, Small Robot League, Full Set Small Robot League, it is like human soccer with 11 robots per team, Middle Size Robot League, Legged Robot League, Expert

Robot League.

Some might be have visualized this in a way that capture the image of a full capacity stadium of 60,000 fans. While in future it might be possible, for now the soccer is simpler in this regard. The soccer pitch is a small model of a soccer pitch. Fans (in this case these are engineers, researchers and other concerned people.) All attempts are made to ensure that this appears like a real human soccer because the more it is real, the more successful the findings of the research will be and this will successfully translate to further action on robotics and AI.

There are however, deviations from the norm of human soccer in different ways. One game is not 90 minutes. The time is reduced to halves of 20 minutes or so.