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[robotics-worldwide] [news] RoboCup@Home 2018 Second Call for Participation

Mauricio Matamoros
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*Important Notice: *This second Call for Participation is open to all teams
targeting all leagues, including those teams who missed the previous calls
or didn't attain qualification. Teams that already submitted qualification
material and were not accepted can resubmit an improved version of it.
Second Call for Participation RoboCup@Home 2018 (DSPL · OPL · SSPL)

June 16 - June 22, 2018 (Montreal, Canada)

RoboCup is an international scientific initiative with the goal to advance
the state of the art of intelligent robots through competitions
(RoboCup@Home, RoboCup Soccer, RoboCup Rescue, RoboCup@Work and RoboCup

The RoboCup@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 Behaviors, Behavior
Integration, Ambient Intelligence, Standardization and System Integration.

This message describes the preregistration and qualification procedure for
RoboCup@Home League 2018.
Important dates:
Nov. 22, 2017 Publication of the Call for Participation
Dec. 31, 2017 Deadline for Intention of Participation
Jan. 15, 2018 Deadline for submission of qualification material and
  (Team Description Paper, Team Video, Team Website).
Jan. 31, 2018 Qualification announcement
Feb. 25, 2018 Deadline for Participation Confirmation

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 ([hidden email])
to indicate your intention to participate in the RoboCup@Home 2018 event,
including the following basic information:
Team Name:
League: [ DSPL | OPL | SSPL ]
Team Leader Name:
Contact information (E-mail):
Web site:

Only one team leader can be specified per team.

The e-mail subject should be: [@Home2018-Participation] (YourTeamName)

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

***** Deadline: Sunday, 31th Dec. 2017 23:59 GMT ******

Step 2) Qualification Material Submission (mandatory)

The team ***MUST*** send an email to the Organizing Committee (
[hidden email]) to participate in the qualification process for the
RoboCup@Home 2018 event. Please fill in the following information:
Team Name:
League: [ DSPL | OPL | SSPL ]
Team Leader Name:
Contact information (E-mail):
Rank in local tournaments:
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: [@Home2018-Qualification] (YourTeamName)


   - Only one platform can be specified per team.
   - Only one team leader can be specified per team.
   - Only one contact email 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

***** Deadline: Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 23:59 GMT ******

Step 3) Participation confirmation (mandatory)

All qualified teams ***MUST*** send an email to the Organizing Committee (
[hidden email]) to confirm (or cancel) their participation in the
RoboCup@Home 2018 event. Confirming attendance implies that the team has
sufficient resources to register, and commits to attend to the event.

To confirm participation, please fill in the following information:
Team Name:
League: [ DSPL | OPL | SSPL ]

Hereby [Team Name] of [Country] confirms/revokes its attendance to the
RoboCup@Home [League].

The e-mail subject should be: [@Home2018-Confirmation] (YourTeamName)

*Remark: *Qualified teams who miss the participation confirmation will be
disqualified automatically and may be banned from the 2019 event.

***** Deadline: Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 23:59 GMT ******

Instructions for the Team Video

In order to proof a running hardware, each team has to provide a
qualification video.

As a minimum requirement for qualification, the video must show the
robot(s) successfully solving a task involving the integration of at least
5 different abilities, such as: environmental reasoning, high-level task
planning, human-robot interaction, localization, manipulation, object
recognition, people recognition, etc. Is strongly advised to show at least
one Stage 2 test of the current or last year's rulebook.


   - The shown task execution must look continuous, smooth, and robust.
   - When speeding-up video, the speed factor must be indicated.
   - The language spoken and shown in the video must be English. When using
   any other languages, translations must be included.
   - We strongly suggest upload videos to Youtube.
   - Videos sent will be uploaded/displayed in the league's youtube channel
   - *Standard Platforms Only:* Teams are allowed to use any robot in their
   Team Video, but the use of the standard robot is advised.

*Copyright note:*When sending videos for qualification, teams implicitly
grant permission to RoboCup @Home and the RoboCup Federation to copy,
modify, distribute, upload, publish, and use the multimedia material to
promote the event and the league at convenience.

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
   - Focus of research/research interests
   - Re-usability of the system for other research groups
   - Applicability of the robot in the real world
   - TDP length is 8 pages + annex.
   - Photo(s) of the robot (in annex).
   - Brief, compact list of the 3rd party robot's software (e.g. ROS vision
   should be included, but not OpenCV. In annex).
   - Brief, compact description of all external computing devices, if any
   (in annex).
   - *OPL Only:* Brief, compact description of the robot's hardware (in
   - *DSPL and SSPL:* When the robot depicted in the TDP or Team Video is
   different from the league's standard one, the TDP must clearly state how
   the addressed approach and described software will be adapted to the
   standard platform robot.

For the TDP, please use the Springer LNAI format
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.springer.com_computer_lncs-3FSGWID-3D0-2D164-2D6-2D793341-2D0&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=5xwacSkT5ucRdIRHfbIJNT7QeNeUhe0TPJzJ8RGc0l8&s=1n-A_rOlc0SoGN1SinPQklnD0wAPiGavpQwzipaXkKY&e=> used in the
RoboCup Symposium submissions and limit yourself to 8 pages without
altering margins or spacing (including references but excluding the annex).
You may download a template for the TDP from here
<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__github.com_RoboCupAtHome_TDPTemplate&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=5xwacSkT5ucRdIRHfbIJNT7QeNeUhe0TPJzJ8RGc0l8&s=3X2gBgj43N51tTBUULN9WR_gr-LTg5owPQ1Wg4FA9fQ&e=>. Exceeding the number of
pages will automatically void your application.

*Remark: *The language for the TDP, its graphics, tables, images, and all
additional content must be English. Content in other languages must be

*Copyright note:*All TDPs sent for qualification may be made publicly
available in the RoboCup @Home Wiki for further reference. On submitting,
teams implicitly grant permission to RoboCup @Home and the RoboCup
Federation to copy, distribute, upload, publish, and use the manuscript to
promote the event and the league at convenience.

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
   - Participation and rankings in local RoboCup tournaments

*Remark: *Only documented active software repositories are considered as
contributions to the league. It must be clear and straightforward to other
teams how to use your software.

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)
   - Performance in local tournaments and previous competitions.
   - 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 Montreal,
The 2018 RoboCup@Home Organizing and Technical Committees
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