The Third Robot World Cup Soccer Games and Conferences 29 July - 4 August, 1999, will be colocated with IJCAI-99. A summary is given here. For further information on RoboCup:
The Robot World Cup, RoboCup, is an international initiative to foster AI and intelligent robotics research by providing a standard problem, a soccer game, in which a wide range of technologies can be integrated and examined. This is the third RoboCup event. The competitions take place in Stockholm, in conjunction with IJCAI-99.
The first Robot World Cup, RoboCup-97, was held in Nagoya, Japan, in August 1997, and included the participation of more than 40 teams. The second Robot World Cup, RoboCup-98, was held in Paris, in July 1998, and more than 50 teams participated.
In order for a team of robot agents to actually play a soccer game, different technologies need to be integrated, including design principles of autonomous agents, multi-agent collaboration, strategy acquisition, real-time reasoning, sensor-fusion, and learning. RoboCup is a task for a team of multiple fast-moving robot agents in a dynamic, nondeterministic and adversarial environment.Real Robot F180 League
Real Robot F2000 League
Teams of up to five real robots of medium size (approximately 50 cm in diameter) compete on a 9 by 5 meters field. This year 21 teams participate in the competition. The preliminaries (from the 29th to the 31st of July) will be played in Electrum, Kista, while the quarter finals, semi finals and finals take place in Norra Latin.
Software agents play soccer using the RoboCup soccer server simulator, available from the RoboCup web page. The RoboCup Simulator League is a part of IJCAI’s official Challenge Paper Program, where successful results will be reported at IJCAI-99. This year 35 teams participate in the competition. The competition will take place from the 29th of July to the 4th of August in Norra Latin.
Sony Legged Robot League
The RoboCup-99 Sony legged robot league takes place in a carpeted field, with landmarks and goals. Each team consists of three legged robots. This year 9 teams will participate to the competition. The competition takes place from the 29th of July to the 4th of August in Norra Latin.
The workshop ABS-4, presents and discusses technical details of the robots and software agents that participate in the competition, as well as other research and educational topics related to RoboCup. A post-workshop proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag as part of Lecture Notes on Artificial Intelligence (LNAI).
The Finals, on Wednesday the 4th of August will be held from 12.45 -17.15 in the following order: