Building a Competitive Robotic Soccer Team

Friday, July 26, 2013, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Presented by Michail Lagoudakis
Located in Kouretes (Robocup Team) Lab
In track Research talks

The RoboCup competition is the international robotic soccer world cup organized annually since 1997. The initial conception by Hiroaki Kitano in 1993 led to the formation of the RoboCup Federation with a bold vision: “By the year 2050, to develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots that can win against the human world soccer champions!” RoboCup poses a real-world challenge for researchers in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Multi-Agent Systems, which requires addressing simultaneously the core problems of perception, cognition, action, learning, and coordination under real-time constraints. In this talk, I will outline the vision, the challenges, and the contribution of the RoboCup competition in its short history. I will also offer an overview of the research efforts of team Kouretes, the RoboCup team of the Technical University of Crete, on topics ranging from complex motion design, efficient visual recognition, and self-localization to robotic software engineering, distributed communication, skill learning, and coordinated game play.