RoboCup@Home 2018 Social Standard Platform League
Call for Participation

The second RoboCup@Home Social Standard Platform League (RoboCup@Home SSPL) competition will be held at RoboCup 2018 in Montreal, Canada.

Teams willing to participate in RoboCup@Home 2018 must submit the qualification material as described below. Teams may also apply to purchase up to two robots at the RoboCup conditions described in

1. Submission of the qualification material

Qualification material includes:

  • e-mail
  • Website
  • Link to video
  • Technical Paper

The qualification material must be sent to the Selection Committee as described below.

2. Deadline for submissions

October 15, 2017 23:59 PST

3. Instructions for the e-mail

E-mail must be sent in the following format.

To: spl-sc[at]robocupathome[dot]org
Subject: [@Home-SSPL] <YourTeamName>
Body: (Please fill in the following basic information)

  1. Team Name:
  2. Country:
  3. Affiliation:
  4. Team leader name:
  5. Team leader’s contact information (E-mail):
  6. Link to team web site:
  7. Link to qualification video:
  8. Technical paper attached as PDF:
  9. Summary of participation to previous competitions:
  10. Specify if this proposal is also for applying to purchase Pepper robots with RoboCup special conditions:

4. Instructions for the Website

The information to be placed on the website should include the following:

  • Team members
  • Description of the approaches and information on scientific achievements
  • Relevant publications (last 5 years, preferably with links for download)
  • Relevant photos/videos that show the skills of the team
  • Link to repositories with software for the community
  • Previous participations in RoboCup
  • Contribution to RoboCup@Home organization

The Website should be designed for a broader audience.

5. Instructions for the Video

The qualification video must clearly demonstrate the abilities of the robot in solving typical @Home tasks (e.g., tests in recent RoboCup@Home rulebooks). Videos showing performance in previous competitions are preferred.

New teams are allowed to submit videos showing RoboCup@Home capabilities with different robotic platforms.

6. Instructions for the Technical Paper (TP)

The qualification material must be a PDF file based on the official league Team Description Paper (TDP) template. The length is limited to 8 pages. Please use the Springer LNAI format used in the RoboCup Symposium submissions:

A template is available in

The TP must contain the following information:

  • Description of the approach used to solve RoboCup@Home challenges
  • Innovative technology and scientific contribution
  • Focus of research/research interests
  • Re-usability of the system for other research groups
  • Applicability of the approach in the real world
  • Implementation details: list of externally available components that are planned to be implemented (Open source software, web services, etc.)

The Technical Paper should go into details about the technical and scientific approach used by the team.

7. Evaluation criteria

The Proposals will be evaluated with the following criteria:

  1. Capabilities of the robot:
    Results in previous competitions (International and Regional) and video showing robot capabilities relevant for @Home.
  2. Scientific quality of Technical Paper:
    Clarity, scientific contributions, re-usability by the league, applicability in real world, relevant scientific publications.
  3. Effective Dissemination through the Website:
    Multimedia, publications from past 5 years, downloadable content, open-source software and other contributions
  4. Contribution to RoboCup@Home :
    Participation to Exec/TC/OC committes, volunteer referee, active discussion within the community, etc.

8. Important notes for teams applying to purchase Pepper robots

Teams selected to receive Pepper robots have to make an agreement with the supplier in compliance with the supplier’s instructions.

The suppliers are not allowed to sell, export, lease and/or ship their products to natural or legal persons and to entities and countries which are subject to international sanctions or prohibitions. Since Selection Committee cannot answer this issue, please ask the supplier directly.

9. RoboCup@Home Standard Platform League Selection Committee

  • RoboCup@Home Organizing Committee
  • Luca Iocchi (RCF Trustee, coordinator)
  • Komei Sugiura (RCF Trustee)
  • Kai Chen (RoboCup@Home Exec)
  • Dirk Holz (RoboCup@Home Exec)
  • Caleb Rascon (RoboCup@Home Exec)
  • Sven Wachsmuth (RoboCup@Home Exec)
  • Amit Kumar Pandey (SoftBank Robotics)

Please send any question to: spl-sc[at]robocupathome[dot]org