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Proceedings of RoboCup Challenge @ India 2009IIT Kharagpur
Editors :Kaustubh Tripathi
(Department of Computer Science and Engineering) 
Sanjiban Choudhury
(Department of Electrical Engineering) 
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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.
 
Foreword
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
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both in numbers as well as in difficulty
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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
TM
(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
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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
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From the Federation
s desk
RoboCup is an international initiative, with the goal of fostering artificial intelligence(AI) and robotics research and education by providing standard problems for whichsolution a wide range of technologies can be integrated and tested. The originalstandard problem was
robot soccer 
. The concept of soccer-playing robots wasintroduced in 1993, aiming at launching new challenges for AI and robotics,concerning the coordination of robot teams, whose members cooperate to handlehighly dynamic and adversarial environments. Different RoboCup Soccer leagueswere created, so as to tackle different research topics, from robot control to task planning. Over the years, new problems and leagues were introduced: RoboCupRescue, RoboCup@Home, extending the concept of cooperative robots tocooperation with humans. RoboCup Junior was also launched in 2000, targeting highschool students, so as to attract them for Science and Technology through Robotics.The first official RoboCup World Championship games and conference were held in1997 at Nagoya, Japan with great success. Since then, the event has travelled acrosscontinents and has grown substantially, up to more than 2,000.00 participants from 40countries this year in Graz, Austria. Simultaneously, large regional events, such asGerman Open, Japan Open, US Open or Iran Open, take place every year.Smaller local events are also growing every year, and represent enormousopportunities to spread the RoboCup concept and goals to more and more countriesworldwide. RoboCup Challenge @ India 2009 is such an event, bringing RoboCup toIndia, one of the largest countries in the World, and certainly the home of greattechnological and scientific innovation
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in other words, the perfect country forRoboCup!On behalf of the RoboCup Federation, I would like to thank all the organizers fromthe Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur for taking such an initiative, namelythe General Chair and Event Organizer, Prof. Sudeshna Sarkar and the General Co-Chair, Prof. Jayanta Mukhopadhyay, from the Department of Computer Science andEngineering. As the former General Chair of RoboCup 2004, I know well the effortinvolved in such organizations, but I am also aware of the return brought by such aneffort. I hope and expect that this will be the first step towards bringing RoboCup toIndia.A special word for Mr. Aamir Ahmad, the responsible person for the event, and theone who actually dreamed about bringing it to Kharagpur in the first place. Greatachievements start with dreams like this, and I would like to congratulate Aamir andwish him all the best in his future efforts to promote Robotics, particularly RoboCup,in India, with his enthusiasm and energy.Pedro U. Lima(RoboCup Federation Trustee,Associate Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, TU Lisbon, Portugal)
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