A hundred teams of 6-8 researchers, professors and students from 45 countries.
At this level of competition, teams composed of researchers, professors and students push the state of the art of autonomous robotics every year. The scientific advances include image analysis, motor function, human and robot interaction and Artificial Intelligence decision making.
RoboCup 2023 will have nearly 10 French Major teams in the competition. This participation is 5 times more important than in 2017 when 2 Major teams were present at RoboCup in Nagoya, Japan.
Thousands of teams of middle and high school students aged 13 to 19.
RoboCup has a very important educational component. Hundreds of middle and high school students also participate in the competition every year. They come from a highly developed international community with thousands of teams on all 5 continents, with many complementary events open to the youngest throughout the year.
There were about ten French teams in RoboCupJunior in 2017 and now there are nearly 400 teams active throughout France.
Two teams of 2 autonomous mobile robots compete against each other in a soccer game.
In the football league, two teams compete against each other in 2-on-2 football matches. The robots must be able to spot the ball, detect ground markings and identify the colour of the goals.
The football league has two sub-leagues: the Soccer Lightweight sub-league in which the ball is active because it emits infrared pulses that make it easier for the robot to detect it; the Soccer Open sub-league in which the orange ball is passive because it doesn’t emit any particular signal.
Teams must present a creative, interactive and collaborative robotic performance on stage. A wide range of technologies can be used in these performances. Jury members evaluate the complexity of the robots and their programming as well as the technical execution of the performance.
The RoboCuppers must develop a show in which robots interact with them. The performance can integrate mechatronic, electronic, video projection devices, etc.
The teams are free to choose the theme, the scenario, the form, the music, the costumes…
Mobile and autonomous robots must be strong and smart enough to navigate in hostile terrain.
Rescue robots league
Robots identify victims within re-created disaster scenarios, varying in complexity from line-following to paths selections to take through obstacles on uneven terrain.
The Rescue league has two sub-leagues : the Rescue Line sub-league in which the autonomous robot must follow a black line while overcoming various obstacles on a course; and the Rescue Maze sub-league in which the robot must find victims in a maze and deliver a rescue kit to each of them.
Rescue simulation league
In the Rescue Simulation league, teams must develop and program strategies so that their autonomous robots can move and collect objects in real or virtual worlds and so win.
Rapidly Manufactured Robot Challenge
The Rapidly Manufactured Robot Challenge (RMRC) encourages the development of small robots quickly and low cost to address issues such as driving over rough terrain, environmental analysis, object collection and delivery, etc, to enable responders to perform hazardous missions more safely and efficiently.
RoboCup@Home Education is an educational initiative in RoboCup@Home that promotes educational efforts to boost RoboCup@Home participation and service robot development.
Under this initiative, currently there are 3 projects in operation :
1 – RoboCup@Home Education Challenge 2 – Support the Development of Open Source Educational Robot Platforms for RoboCup@Home (service robotics) 3 –Outreach Programs (domestic workshops, international academic exchanges, etc.)
Two teams of autonomous and collaborative robots develop dynamic strategies to challenge each other and win the game.
The robot is confronted with a dynamic environment that evolves in real time. The strategy is distributed among several players, who each make their decisions independently based on their own perceptions of the environment resulting from the integration of different sensors.
Robots go through a disaster area, assess the situation and provide first aid to trapped victims.
The Rescue competition trials are representative of the main challenges encountered in search and rescue scenarios in urban or natural environments, such as navigating in rough terrain, overcoming obstacles, moving objects, mapping, and team coordination.
This competition was created in 2001 following the earthquake in Kobe (Japan).
Mobile, autonomous robots interact with humans in a home by helping with everyday tasks.
Autonomous and mobile robots assist humans in a domestic environment such as a home, a care unit, or in public spaces such as a shopping mall. The robot interacts with the user in various modalities (voice, gestures), it performs or assists with household tasks.
Mobile and autonomous robots, with industrial robot arms, save people from hard and repetitive tasks and help them in the factory of the future.
Competition responds to industrial challenges in the organization of production, opportunities for cooperation, and the pooling of tasks in the factory of the future. Mobile robots organize themselves in navigation, items handling, object recognition, etc.