The “Rhoban Football Club
takes part of the robot world cup: the Robocup 2017 in Nagoya (Japan).

The very challenging problem of robots playing autonomous soccer in
complex and semi-unconstrained environment has driven the team to
propose new mechanical designs — spine-oriented robot have been tested,
low-cost foot pressure sensors are experimented — and software methods — new
custom servo-motors firmware, learning algorithms applied to odometry.

Our participation to Robocup 2017, up to the qualification procedure,
would be the sixth one:

– 2011 (Istanbul): Very first participation of the team at RoboCup competition
under the name SigmaBan Football Club.

– 2013 (Eindhoven): Second participation under current name Rhoban Football Club.
For the first time, the team was able to submit three robust humanoid robots
without major hardware problem.

– 2014 (Joao Pessoa): We took a big step forward by reaching the quarter-finals
and working out a robust walk engine.

– 2015 (Heifei): We coped pretty well with the new artificial grass and colorless field.
We reached the semi-finals and took the third place of Kid-Size league.

– 2016 (Leipzig): Finally, we succeed to hit the first place of the Kid-Size league
thanks to our versatile vision pipeline, an improved localization module
through accurate odometry learning and the very beginning of high level team play
strategy.

For this upcoming year, our expectation is to continue to enhance our robotics platform,
to remove the use of the magnetometer in the localization module, to improve our navigation
approach time as well as our kick engine by using learning and optimization methods.

Team Description Paper (pdf)
Robot Specifications (pdf)
Qualification video (youtube)

A list of publications of the Rhoban Team can be found here.