Robot Soccer

RoboCup is an international robot soccer competition whose aim is to encourage advanced research in mobile robots. There are four different leagues for different types of robots. One of the leagues is the four-legged league.

The UNSW team has participated in the four-legged league since 1999 with a very distinguished record. I was the team leader from 1999 to 2003. From 2003 to 2006 NICTA was sponsored of the team. Will Uther, from NICTA, was the team leader from 2004 to 2006.

In 2008, the Four-Legged Robot League transformed into the Standard Platform League, using Aldebaran’s Nao humanoid robot. Bernhard Hengst has been leading the team and in 2014, rUNSWift became the SPL champions.

Selected Publications

Hengst, B., Ibbotson, D., Pham, S. B. and Sammut, C. (2000). UNSW RoboCup 2000 Team Report.

Hengst, B., Ibbotson, D., Pham, S. B., Dalgliesh, J., Lawther, M., Preston, P. and Sammut, C. (2001). The UNSW Robocup 2000 Sony Legged League Team. In P. Stone, T. Balch and G. Kraetzschmar (Eds.), Robocup 2000: Robot Soccer World Cup IV (Vol. 2019, pp. 64-75). Heidelberg: Springer.

Chen, S., Siu, L., Vogelgesang, T., Yik, T. F., Hengst, B., Pham, S. B. and Sammut, C. (2002). The UNSW RoboCup 2001 Sony Legged Robot Leage Team. In A. Birk, S. Coradeschi and S. Tadokoro (Eds.), RoboCup 2001: Robot Soccer World Cup V (pp. 39-48): Springer.

Hengst, B., Pham, S. B., Ibottson, D. and Sammut, C. (2002). Omnidirectional Locomotion for Quadruped Robots. In RoboCup 2001: Robot Soccer World Cup V (pp. 368-373). Berlin: Springer.

Pham, S. B., Hengst, B., Sammut, C. and Ibbotson, D. (2002). Stochastic Gradient Descent Localisation in Quadruped Robots. In Robocup 2001: Robot Soccer World Cup V (pp. 447-452). Berlin: Springer.

Wang, Z., Hengst, B. and Sammut, C. (2002). Localisation in an uncertain world with multiple agents. Linköping Electronic Articles in Computer and Information Science 7(19).

Sammut, C. (2003). Robot Soccer: Science or just fun and games? In T. Gedeon and L. C. C. Fung (Eds.), Proceedings of the Australian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (pp. 12-23). Perth: Springer.

Sammut, C. and Hengst, B. (2003). The Evolution of a Robot Soccer Team. In R. A. Jarvis and A. Zelinsky (Eds.), Robotics Research: The Tenth International Conference (pp. 517-529): Springer.

Pham, K. C. and Sammut, C. (2005). RDRVision - Learning vision recognition with Ripple Down Rules. In Claude Sammut (Ed.), Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (7 pages). Sydney: Australian Robotics and Automation Association.

Sammut, C. (2010). Robot soccer. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science.