[robocup-worldwide] *** Reminder *** RoboCup 2012: Humanoid League - Call for Participation

Daniel Seifert dseifert at fumanoids.de
Sun Jan 22 13:36:11 EST 2012

Dear teams.

The deadline for submitting your qualification materials for
the Humanoid League of RoboCup 2012 is in 7 days.

Please submit your materials by ***January 29th*** at

For details refer to the call for participation below or at
http://tzi.de/humanoid. A draft of the 2012 rules is also
available at the website.

Best regards,

Daniel Seifert
On behalf of the Technical and Organization Committees
of RoboCup 2012 Humanoid League


                   Call for Participation

                RoboCup 2012 Humanoid League

           June 18-24, 2012 (Mexico City, Mexico)

The RoboCup humanoid league is inviting interested teams to apply for
participation at the RoboCup 2012 competition in Mexico City. The
humanoid league will host competitions in three classes: kid, teen,
and adult sized robots. For more information about the humanoid
league, please refer to the humanoid league home page at

Due to restrictions on the number of teams able to participate at
RoboCup 2012, all teams must provide the qualification material
described below. The technical committee will evaluate the
qualification material and select the best teams.

1) Team Data
        - Team name
        - URL of the team's home page
        - Name of team leader or team contact person
        - E-mail address of team leader or contact person
        - Postal address of the team, team leader or contact person
        - Competition class: kid or teen or adult size

Please note that teams applying for participation in several classes
must submit individual application material for each class and pay the
appropriate registration fee for each class. Furthermore, teams in
different classes must be able independent and able to compete at
the same time.

2) Robot Video
The first part of the qualification material is a video of your
robot demonstrating your team's autonomous soccer playing skills.

The minimum standard for qualification is:
        - localization of unknown ball position,
        - walking ability towards the ball,
        - robot positioning at the ball for kicking,
        - kicking the ball towards the goal,
        - ability of getting up autonomously from a fall.

However, more complex and intelligent behavior of teams of
robots demonstrating localization and team play are preferred. Videos
of your team during competition are also good.

The qualification video must be supplied as a link to it via www.youtube.com.
The maximum duration of the video is 5 minutes. The qualifying team is
responsible to ensure that the video adheres to YouTube's TOS (especially
in regards to music copyright) to prevent the video from being blocked
for the reviewers.

No video means no qualification!

3) Team Description Paper
A team description paper (TDP) must be submitted which
        - includes a statement committing to participate in the
          RoboCup 2012 Humanoid League competition,
        - includes a statement committing to making a person
          with sufficient knowledge of the rules available as referee
          during the competition,
        - fully describes the scientific aspects of your humanoid robot
          system and your research interests,
        - includes a summary of previous relevant achievements in
          research and development as well as publications,
        - mentions prior performance in RoboCup competitions
        - states explicitly whether software from other teams is used
          and if yes, which parts are used and what the
          team's own contributions are

The TDP is limited to 8 pages maximum. It must be original work.

The TDP must follow the LNCS format which can be downloaded from

The paper must be submitted in PDF format.

The quality of the TDP and the robot video will be decisive for

Other evaluation criteria include contributions to
the RoboCup community by release of significant papers or software.

New teams and teams from countries that have not previously taken
part in RoboCup competitions may be given priority.

In the future, the TC may include the fulfillment of the statement
of commitment of participation as well as the performance of the
team's referee in previous RoboCups.

4) Robot Specification
A one-page specification (PDF) for each different type of
humanoid robot used by the team that includes the followings:
        - Robot picture
        - Robot name
        - Height of the robot
        - Weight of the robot
        - Walking speed
        - Number of degrees of freedom
        - Type of motors
        - Type of sensors used (incl. type of camera(s))
        - Computing unit(s)
        - Other specs

5) Online Submission
All qualification material must be submitted online at


(The application page will open before January 2012.)

6) Deadline
Deadline for submission: *** January 29, 2012 ***

Announcement of qualified teams: February 16, 2012

7) Publication
Please note that after the announcement of the qualified teams
the qualification material of the qualified teams will be made
publicly available. Teams applying for participation therefore
grant the right of publication of their qualification material
to the humanoid league.

8) Rules
The rules of the RoboCup 2012 Humanoid League are discussed at
and will be published at

9) Darwin OP

Robotis Inc (http://www.robotis.com) provides an offer for
selected humanoid RoboCup teams to purchase a set of DARwin-OP
robots for a reduced price. ROBOTIS offers teams that intend
to participate in RoboCup 2012 to purchase five robots for the
price of four - that is $38,400 (4*$9,600USD) for a team of
five Darwin-OP (Academic Edition) robots. Please note that the
quoted price does not include shipping and handling charges.

Teams that are interested in this offer need to apply for this
offer by December 31st. Selected teams will be able to buy the
robots under the special offer until the middle of February.

With best regards,

Technical and Organization Committees
of RoboCup Humanoid League 2012

Special thanks go to Thomas Roefer and Tim Laurinat from DFKI Bremen
for their support of the HL submission and web page.

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