By mid-21st century, a team of fullyautonomous humanoid robot soccer playersshall win the soccer game, comply with theofficial rule of the FIFA, against the winner of the most recent World Cup.
RoboCup Challenge @ India 2009 will be India’s christening in the field of soccer
robotics. With the start of this event, we begin treading on the road to an advanced AI androbotics platform that very few countries enjoy the luxury of. The efforts of the elite teams inIndia, which are published in this journal, are of surprisingly sophisticated nature given this isthe inaugural year of this event.Over the last few years, even though robotics competitions in the country have beenescalating
both in numbers as well as in difficulty
they are still a step back from matchingthe standards of the leading research institutions in the world. With the advent of RoboCup,
the struggle to match the “state of the art” levels has already begun. The soul of
the research is embodied in the development of multi-agent dynamic systems withcoordination and cooperation models.RoboCup
(Originally called as Robot World Cup Initiative) is an internationalresearch and education initiative. It is driven by the initiative :
To promote the same spirit of research, IIT Kharagpur is hosting a “related event” in
association with the Federation. In the inaugural year, we are adopting two of the standardevents
Small Sized League and Soccer Simulation League.This year we had the pleasure of reviewing a vista of work with several innovativeaspects. The work not only displayed fantastic implementation of age old algorithms, it alsoencompasses several intelligent and inspiring solutions faced by the participants. We wereoverwhelmed by how the technical entry barriers into events of such magnitude wereovercome. If we were to compare our start to the beginnings of well established RoboCupgiants around the world, our start with the latest platforms of omni-drives and advancedstrategy is truly remarkable.
This year’s effort has truly set up the platform for
really exciting research to grow inthe coming years. Whether it be the usage of more sophisticated motors or of faster and morerobust communication platform, there is an expectation that standards would further escalatenext year. There is also an expectation of teams undertaking advanced topics such as gametheories or evolutionary algorithms to create a more involved competition.The following proceeding entails the team effort in both the leagues. We hope thisserves as a good guideline for teams hoping to succeed in coming years. In conclusion, weexpress our excit
ement at this year’s participation and hope that more colleges take this up as
a serious international level research.Editors:Kaustubh TripathiSanjiban Choudhury