Call for Participation 2017 FIRA RoboWorld Cup

 

 

Call for Participation

 

2017  FIRA RoboWorld Cup

23th - 27rd August, 2017

National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology

No. 1, University Road, YanChao District, Kaohsiung City 824, Taiwan (R. O. C.)

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

http://humanoid.nkfust.edu.tw/FIRA_2017/

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Important Dates

31st May 2017

Deadline for submission of qualification material

15th June, 2017

Notification to qualified teams

30th June, 2017

Deadline for early-bird registration

Introduction

In 1996, the Federation of International Robot Soccer Association (FIRA) organized the first robot soccer and other sports competition. The main goal of FIRA is to promote cutting edge research into robotics, machine learning, computer vision, and artificial intelligence by using robot sports as benchmark problems. A second goal is to introduce students to state of the art technologies and methodologies in the areas mentioned above and to prepare them for their future careers.

Many interesting research has come out of the FIRA community including the first ice skating and skiing intelligent humanoid robots. But just as robot hardware and software has changed dramatically in recent years, robot competitions must evolve to continue to act as important benchmark problem.

2017 provides a new start for FIRA with new challenges, new participants, and a new president. The new FIRA organization is broken up into four divisions:

  1. FIRA Sports - autonomous robots competing in sport and similar events,

  2. FIRA Youth - a new division for junior and high school students,

  3. FIRA Challenge - more complex events such as search and rescue that can often only be solved with tele-operation, and

  4. FIRA Air - a new competition for autonomous drones.

The first world cup competition using this new structure will be organized by Prof. Kuo-Yang Tu (tuky@nkfust.edu.tw) and will be held from 23rd to 27th of  August 2017 at the National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology (NKFUST) in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

We hope that you can join us at NKFUST for exciting robot competitions with teams from all over the world. We believe that the FIRA World Cup is a wonderful event to make new friends and learn from each other.

Game Categories and Rules

Links to all rules can be found in the rules document (https://goo.gl/owWvAK)

FIRA Events and Rules

 

Category

Robot Type

Event

Control

Age

FIRA Sports

Humanoid Kid/Adult

General

⬜ Remote controlled

☑ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

☑ U19

⬜ U14

Humanoid Kid/Adult

Organization

⬜ Remote controlled

☑ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

☑ U19

⬜ U14

Humanoid Kid/Adult

All-Round

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

☑ U19

⬜ U14

Humanoid Kid/Adult

Archery

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

⬜ U19

⬜ U14

Humanoid Kid/Adult

Basketball

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

☑ U19

⬜ U14

Humanoid Kid/Adult

Long Jump

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

☑ U19

⬜ U14

Humanoid Kid/Adult

Marathon

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

☑ U19

⬜ U14

Humanoid Kid/Adult

Obstacle Run

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

⬜ U19

⬜ U14

Humanoid

Adult - Pro

Kid - U19

Penalty Kick

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

☑ U19

⬜ U14

Humanoid Kid/Adult

Spartan Race

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

⬜ U19

⬜ U14

Humanoid Kid/Adult

Sprint

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

☑ U19

⬜ U14

Humanoid Kid-sized

United Soccer

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

⬜ U19

⬜ U14

Humanoid Kid/Adult

Weightlifting

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

☑ U19

⬜ U14

Humanoid Kid

AndroSot Soccer

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

☑ U19

☑ U14

Humanoid Kid

AndroSot Challenge

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

☑ U19

☑ U14

Wheeled Simulation

SimuroSot

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

☑ U19

☑ U14

Wheeled

RoboSot

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

⬜ U19

⬜ U14

FIRA Youth

Wheeled

Cliff Hanger

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

⬜ Pro

☑ U19

☑ U14

Wheeled

City Racer

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

⬜ Pro

☑ U19

☑ U14

Wheeled

DRC Explorer

⬜ Remote controlled

⬜ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

⬜ Pro

☑ U19

☑ U14

Wheeled

Mission Impossible

⬜ Remote controlled

☑ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

⬜ Pro

☑ U19

☑ U14

Humanoid

Rugby

⬜ Remote controlled

☑ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

⬜ Pro

☑ U19

☑ U14

Design/Concept

Business and Design Challenge

☑ Remote controlled

☑ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

⬜ Pro

☑ U19

☑ U14

FIRA Challenge

Humanoid

Mini-DRC

⬜ Remote controlled

☑ Tele-operated

⬜ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

☑ U19

☑ U14

FIRA Air

Flying

FIRA Drone

⬜ Remote controlled

☑ Tele-operated

☑ Fully Autonomous

☑ Pro

☑ U19

☑ U14

Age Classification: Pro is for undergraduate and graduate students at universities or anyone else 19 years or older. U19 is for students younger than 19 years old. U14 is for students younger than 14 years old. The age of the student is determined by the calendar year.

 

Qualification

Teams that are interested in participating must submit their qualification material before the deadline. The qualification procedure is dependent on the division. Please contact the chairs and co-chairs of the events if you have any further questions.

FIRA Sports, FIRA Challenge, and FIRA Air

Qualification consists of two parts: (1) A max. 5 min long video showing the performance of your robot in the various sports events, and (2) a research paper (max. 12 pages in Springer LNCS format).

 

Videos

Videos must be uploaded to a publicly accessible video sharing site such as  youtube or video. Post a message to the FIRA Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/FIRARobosoccer/) page with a link to your video.

Research Paper

The Easychair website for submission is https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fira2017. Note that there is no additional fee for teams submitting a paper to FIRA 2017.

 

FIRA Youth

Teams that are represented by a FIRA Chapter must qualify and register via their FIRA Chapter.

 

Teams that do not yet have a chapter may contact FIRA HQ directly for qualification. In this case, they should submit a two page write-up in English describing their previous experience in robotics and their motivation for joining the FIRA competition.

 

In addition, participants that would like to take part in the United Nations Mission must submit a two page write-up in English describing their previous experience in robotics and their motivation for joining the United Nations Mission.

Venue and Competition Schedule

23rd August: Set-up time, competition

24th August: Competition, opening ceremony

25st August: Competition, welcome reception

26th August: Competition

27th August: Competition, Closing (Award) Ceremony

The competition will take place in the student activity center at NKFUST.  Fig. 1 is the main gate of NKFUST, and Fig. 2 is the building of competition venue.

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Fig. 1. The main gate of NKFUST.

Fig. 2. The building of competition venue.

Registration Fees

FIRA Sport, FIRA Challenge, FIRA Air:

Early bird (30th June):

$550 USD per each team in each game up to member of 5

$160 USD per additional team member

Teams from the same institution but in different leagues are considered separate teams and must pay a separate registration fee.

Regular (14th July):

$650 USD per each team in each game up to member of 5

$220 USD per additional team member

FIRA Youth:

Early bird (30th June):

160 USD per team member

Regular (14th July):

220 USD per team member

Each registration includes a small souvenir/gift.

Travel

Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s second largest city and is easily accessible. The Kaohsiung airport (KHH) serves flights directly to Hong Kong, Vietnam, China, and some other Asian destinations.

Another option is to fly to the Tao Yuan International Airport (TPE) - Taiwan’s largest airport - which has direct flights to many international destinations. The Taiwanese High Speed Rail (HSR) connects the entire west coast of Taiwan and provides convenient travel to Kaohsiung. The duration of the trip is between 1.5 hrs to 2 hrs and trains leave approximately every 20 minutes from 8:00 am to 10:00pm. Cost of a one way fare from Tao Yuan to Kaohsiung is about 1400 NTD.

NKFUST is located at the outskirts of Kaohsiung. The nearest subway (KMRT; Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit) stations are Qing Pu and Metropolitan Park. The distance from these stations to NKFUST is about 3km.  The red line of KMRT runs between the Kaohsiung airport and Qing Pu.  You can use this line to Qing Pu station when arriving at the Kaohsiung airport (40 min) or the Taiwan High Speed Rail Zuo Ying Station (15 min) to reach the competition venue at NKFUST.

The organizers will organize buses from Qing Pu station to NKFUST in the morning and in the evening.  There is a small 20 seater public bus (Red Line 29) from NKFUST to Metropolitan Park MRT station.  Taxis are about 300 NTD to Metropolitan Park station. Taxis to Nanzi and Ciaotou are around 750 NTD and about 1500 NTD to Kaohsiung downtown.

Accommodation

Hotels

Kaohsiung provides many options for accommodation and food. The nearest districts to NKFUST are Nanzi, Houjing, and Ciaotou.  

Dormitory

As a special offer, the local organizing committee has negotiated a special rate for a limited number of dormitory rooms on the NKFUST campus itself. Teams that are interested in trying to stay on campus should indicate this during the registration process. Note that the cost of accommodation is in addition to the registration fees listed above.

A room is shared by four people and each room has its own bathroom. There are shared showers. See Appendix A for some pictures of the dormitories. Mattresses and pillows will be provided.  You need to bring your own light bedding, as the weather is very hot in August in Kaohsiung.

Accommodation also includes breakfast and dinner served in the cafeteria. The menu is a small selection of Chinese dishes. During the busy competition days, we will provide a lunch box that will be delivered to the venue.

Accommodation Fee - Early bird (Before 30th June):

$360 USD per person

Accommodation Fee - Regular (Before 14th July):

$460 USD per person

Food and Beverages

The organizers also offer the option of buying lunch boxes for each day of the competition. The cost of the lunch boxes is about $5 per day.  Because lot of hundreds lunch boxes are hard to prepare, we encourage to order lunch tickets during registration by cheaper price.

There are a few restaurants just outside the main gate of NKFUST and many restaurants in Nanzi and the surrounding areas. We recommend that you try 牛肉麵/Niu Rou Mian/Beef Noodle Soup and also sample the snacks at the Taiwanese night markets in 六合觀光夜市/Liuhe Night Market and Ruifeng Nightmarket.

General Chair:   Prof. Kuo-Yang Tu tuky@nkfust.edu.tw

FIRA Headquarter: Christine Kim christine@fira.net

Website: www.fira.net

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FIRARobosoccer/

Competition website: http://humanoid.nkfust.edu.tw/FIRA_2017/


Welcome to the Federation of International Robot-Sport Association

Robot soccer can be portrayed as a competition of advanced robot technology within a confined space. It offers a challenging arena to the young generation and researchers working with autonomous mobile robotic systems. It is hoped that FIRA’s flagship event, called the FIRA Robot World Cup (or the FIRA Cup in short), which started in 1996, together with many other FIRA events, will help generate interests in robotics in the young minds.

Through these events, FIRA hopes to help them better understand and appreciate, with interests, the scientific concepts and technological developments involved. FIRA believes that some of these interests will fuel scientific and engineering skills that ultimately develop into research outcomes to serve mankind in a variety of ways.

Ever since its establishment, FIRA has had venues for its annual FIRA Cup in Australia, Brazil, China, France and Korea. Making progress over successive years since 1996, FIRA Cup has now attained world recognition as a robot festival.

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