Small Size League/RoboCup 2017/Qualification

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Small Size League/RoboCup 2017/Qualification

Important Dates

  • Team Qualification Material Submission Deadline: February 28, 2017
  • TDP Peer Review Deadline: March 18, 2017
  • Team Qualification Results Announcement: March 31, 2017
  • Final TDP Submission Deadline: April 30, 2017
  • Team Financial Support Confirmation Deadline: April 30, 2017
  • Early Registration: May 31, 2017
  • Regular Registration: June 30, 2017
  • Technical Challenges Sign Up Deadline: TBD
  • Team Setup: July 25–26, 2017
  • Competitions: July 27–30, 2017
  • Symposium: July 31, 2017

Qualification Criteria

Every team interested to participate must complete the following actions by February 28, 2017:

  • Submit a Team Description Paper (see instructions below).
  • Submit a Team Video.
  • Submit by e-mail to the organizing committee your intent to participate in RoboCup. The e-mail subject should be: 2017 Participation Intent <Your Team Name>. Please also include:
    • Team Name
    • Country
    • University
    • Main contact name and email
    • Website (if you have one)

Please pay attention to the following points:

  • Communication will be made via e-mail, using the Small Size mailing list. Pay attention to these e-mails and answer the OC’s questions. A team that does not reply risks losing its qualified place.
  • We understand that new teams may struggle meeting all of the qualification criteria below. We encourage new teams to submit qualification video material demonstrating their true current capabilities, while stating in their Team Description Paper (TDP) what is expected to be completed by June 2016. However, teams not meeting minimum required criteria will be considered for inclusion only after all teams submitting compliant qualification materials.
  • Each team that has passed the qualification or in the conditionally qualified must submit a message to the organizing committee to confirm whether the team has enough financial support to attend the competition. This message must be sent by April 30th, 2017 (23:59 UTC). If a team in the qualified list cannot attend the competition, a team from the waiting list will be selected in the waiting order.

(Extended) Team Description Paper

As part of the qualification procedure, every team must submit a Team Description Paper (TDP), or, if the team placed among the top 8 teams in 2016, an Extended Team Description Paper (ETDP) instead. Every TDP and ETDP will be reviewed by a panel of peers. Teams that present substandard TDPs and ETDPs will not qualify for the RoboCup tournament.

TDP and ETDP guidelines

All TDPs and ETDPs should follow these guidelines:

  • The TDP should contain a brief description of the team, with citations to previous TDPs and the team's website where appropriate.
  • The TDP should focus on innovations that the team has produced with respect to their previous TDPs. These innovations should be described in detail, to facilitate reproducibility for other teams, where possible.
  • The TDP should have a clear structure and it should be written in clear English.
  • The TDP should be formatted according to the Springer LNAI format, as the symposium submissions.

In addition to the above requirements, ETDPs should follow these guidelines:

  • The ETDP should describe in detail the aspects of the team’s system which most contribute to its success.
  • The ETDP should be at least 6 pages long.
  • To maximize the effectiveness of ETDPs, all top 8 teams are also requested to make a presentation of their ETDP at the competition event.

Submission Information / Peer review

We have set up a conference management system to handle this years peer review process.

Each team needs to review three other teams, thus resulting in three reviews per (E)TDP.

Every team can register and upload their qualification materials to the site.

- Registration: Main page, select " I'm a new user and want to create an account"
- Submission: After logging in, click on "Start new paper" (

The OC will then assigne reviewers to the papers.

The teams can upload their reviews to the site using their same login. Once the reviews are approved by the OC, they can be released to the teams.

Team Video

Your team video must be at least 1 minute of unedited continuous footage. The qualification video can be either of the following types, although preference will be given to item 1 (then 2 and last 3):

  1. A video of your robots participating in a RoboCup standard game (i.e. a game at RoboCup or one of the local regional competitions). The video should show obstacle avoidance, shooting and passing skill. The game should be based on contemporary rules (2011 and afterwards).
  2. A video of your robots (there must be at least two moving robots) engaging in two or more of the following activities:
    • One or more robots competing against an active robot goalkeeper.
    • Two or more robot field players actively going to the ball and playing against one another.
    • At least two robots playing cooperatively against 5 static or moving obstacles.
  3. A video showing one or more robots partially demonstrating capabilities listed in item 2.

The team video is used by the OC to determine the readiness of a team to compete effectively and is part of the criteria in ranking teams in the qualification process. Teams are advised to submit a video that best demonstrates the readiness of the team to compete in an international competition.

Submission Information

To submit the video footage, you must send an e-mail to the RoboCup Small Size League mailing list and CC it also to the organizing committee. The e-mail should contain the following information:

  • Subject: 2017 Qualification Video <Your Team Name>.
  • The URL of your video, which must be available via FTP or HTTP.

Please pay attention to the following:

  • Please submit a single video file.
  • The video must be stored on your own server or a reliable online video hosting service (it is better to provide more than 1 link to the video).
  • Do NOT send the video as an attachment to the mailing list nor to the organization committee!