Robots as individuals in the humanoid league

Maike Paetzel*, Jacky Baltes, Reinhard Gerndt

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Having the goal of winning against the human world champions in soccer in 2050 in mind, the Humanoid League is facing the challenges of having to increase field and robot size until the sizes of regular fields and regular players are reached in the year 2040. The next major step is foreseen for the year 2020, when minimum robot size will increase by 50%, the number of robots per team will increase and the field size will fourfold. All three aspects will have a crucial impact. For the organizers, it will become increasingly hard, if not impossible at some point, to make arrangements for up to six fields at the RoboCup venue. For the participants, sustaining a team of ever increasing robots, in size and numbers will be a similar challenge. We believe that the 2050 goal can only be achieved if a new scheme of competition of individual robots, playing with others, can be found. Then, teams could focus on a single robot. To encourage this, we propose to revise the competition scheme, moving away from participating with a team of robots to participating with a single robot, that preserves the competitive element of ranking performance of individual robots and awarding trophies. This paper is intended to spark a discussion of a rule change to encourage participation of single robots in the Humanoid League and still contribute to reaching the 2050 goal.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoboCup 2016
Subtitle of host publicationRobot World Cup XX
EditorsRaymond Sheh, Daniel D. Lee, Sven Behnke, Sanem Sariel
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783319687919
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event20th Annual RoboCup International Symposium, 2016 - Leipzig, Germany
Duration: 2016 Jun 302016 Jul 4

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9776 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other20th Annual RoboCup International Symposium, 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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