Rhoban Football Club is an on-going robotic project whose team members are researchers at LaBRI, Bordeaux 1 University and CNRS . This project stems from the desire to better understand the problems arising from building a fully autonomous bipede capable of human-like motions, and to thoroughly study their solutions from an empirical and a theoretical point-of-view. In this context, several prototypes have been already built and tested, focussing on walking, locomotion, interactions, and proposing some new solutions in terms of robot mechanical structure (e.g. spine-oriented) and compliance. The idea of playing a dynamic game like soccer – a very interesting testbed for producing complex situations in a constrained environment – has driven the team to design a new robot with an improved structure, including video/image analysis and planning behaviour tactics, a necessary step forward to make the robot gain autonomy. This short paper gives an overview of this robot system in its current state, for the prospect of making it participate to Robocup 2012 .
Our participation to Robocup 2012 , up to the qualification procedure, would be the second one. The first one has been under the team name SigmaBan Football Club.