Four teams have registered this year: University of Pennsylvania (UPennalizers), University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin Villa), University of Miami, FL (RoboCanes), and Team USA (mixed team UPenn and UT Austin). Team Aztlan (ITAM, Mexico) withdrew from the tournament.
The UPennalizers consists of graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Pennsylvania and is led by Dr.Daniel Lee of the GRASP Lab. Our team participated in the RoboCup international competitions from 1999 through 2006 using Aibo robots, and won the 2nd place in 2003. Since 2009, we returned to the Standard Platform League and made to the quarterfinals in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016. In U.S, we participated in the RoboCup U.S Open every year and won the championships in 2013 and 2014. The lab also had a 5-year Championship team in the RoboCup Humanoid League.
Our team Austin Villa is from the University of Texas at Austin. We participated in the Aibo league starting in 2003 and started with the Naos in 2007. We also field a team in the RoboCup 3D simulation league. We won the 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2016 SPL US Opens. At the international RoboCup SPL competitions, we made the quarterfinals in 2009, won 3rd place in 2010 and 2013, finished in 2nd place in 2016, and won the championship in 2012.
RoboCanes is the University of Miami robotic soccer team. The team is led by Dr. Ubbo Visser. We participate in 2 leagues: a) the Standard Platform League (SPL) and b) the 3D Simulation League. RoboCanes is active since 2010. We won the 2015 U.S. Open in the SPL, the 2011 German Open (3DSim), and were finalists in the 2012 and 2014 World Cup. Prior to 2010, Dr. Visser founded and co-founded Virtual Werder (University of Bremen, Germany), and the German Team (Sony Aibo robots) in the early 2000s. The German Team won the WorldCup in 2004. Research topics of the RoboCanes team include learnable knowledge representation, biped walking control, multi-agent cooperation and communication, self-localization, parameter optimization, reinforcement learning, computer vision.
Aztlan withdrew from tournament. The Aztlan SPL team is a collaborative effort of the following Mexican institutions: ITAM, CIMAT, DEMAT-UG, UNACAR, and IPN. This team combines different levels of experience at RoboCup. Most members of the team are undergraduate students and we also have some graduate students. The leaders of the team are researchers from each of the member institutions. This team joins previous experience from the Eagle Knights team that competed in the SPL from 2005 until 2009. Then, ITAM, CIMAT, and DEMAT-UG joined to form the Cuauhpipiltin team that participated in the SPL in 2012. On the other hand, the UTH-CAR team was formed by UNACAR, IPN, and UTH to participate in the SPL in participated in 2013 and 2014.
Team USA is a mixed team composed of players from the UPennalizers and UT Austin Villa. Mixed teams will compete against other mixed teams at the main RoboCup competition, but will compete against traditional RoboCup teams at the US Open. The mixed teams competition has not taken place before, so this will be Team USA's first appearance. The main technical challenge addressed by mixed teams is coordination between two independent teams.