Welcome on the page of "RH-Y", robot, project and team.
Here, you will find some information about the RoboCup@Home experience and contest, about the members of our RH-Y team, about the robot itself, and of course you will also find some videos that show our robots in action.
RoboCup@Home is a league which was officially introduced in 2006 in RoboCup competitions. RoboCup@Home focuses on real-world applications and human-machine interaction with autonomous, cooperating robots. The aim is to foster the development of useful robotic applications and of technologies that can assist humans for everyday life in domestic domain.
Our team has been fully participating to the first 5 editions of Robocup-at-Home, in Germany, USA, China, Austria, and Singapore; several years moreover with organizational and technical responsibilites at league level. Then for Istanbul edition, even though preregistration and qualification had been successfully done, a number of reasons have led to changes in our priorities, and since mid 2011, we keep an interest in Robocup@Home initiative, but with a smaller involvement.
Some photos and videos can be found in the Pictures&Videos section.
For latest information about Robocup and @Home, you can refer to Robocup@Home website: http://www.robocup.org/robocup-home/
and for our more recent developments, http://pfc-y.populus.ch/.
In 2012, the world competition was held in Mexico, and in 2013, it will be the Netherlands.
In the year 2011, the world level Robocup competition has being held in Istanbul, Turkey.
Like all years since the beginning of Robocup-at-Home League, we had been qualified to join Robocup competitions. In June however, we had not confirmed our registration, for a number of reasons, even though we still think that Robocup-at-Home is a valuable initiative. Nevertheless, we have proceeded as planned in terms of scientific and technological developments, and have reported in various alternate ways than physical participation in Istanbul. You may download:
- our Team Description Paper 2011: Click here, 1.5Mb, pdf format.
- our Project Description slides 2011: Click here; ca. 5.4 Mb, pdf)
- our Project Poster 2010 (classical format): Click here; ca. 184 kb, pdf)
- our Project Poster 2010 (Singapore, "text" format): Click here; ca. 9.9 Mb, ppt)
In the year 2010, the world level Robocup competition has been held in June in Singapore. And like all years since the beginning of Robocup-at-Home League, we intend to join Robocup again. You may download:
- our Team Description Paper 2010: Click here, 2.3Mb, pdf format.
- our Project Description slides 2010: Click here; ca. 51.8 Mb, pdf)
- our Project Poster 2010 (traditional format): Click here; ca. 184 kb, pdf)
- our Project Poster 2010 (new, Singapore, "text" format): Click here; ca. 9.9 Mb, ppt)
In the year 2010, two new elements have appeared, which are particularly meaningful. In the first case, our team has demonstrated how the mediation by a humanoïd robot can help humans to simply hold a dialogue with other machines ; « Daniel* », sitting on a sofa of the living-room, has answered positively to a proposal made to him by « Nono », our Nao-typed humanoïd, who, driving our omnidirectional platform, OP-Y, has consequently called up its robot mate RH-Y, in order that the latter brings to Daniel a drink and some snacks. In the second case, collectively for our league, a part of the competition developed in a « public» setting: a department store located in a mall ; in particular, our RH-Y robot, guided by the natural motion of a human, has navigated toward the appropriate shelves in order to learn where to fetch, later on autonomously, some specific objects selected by referees. Click here for pictures and videos. Generally speaking, robot abilities improve, even if some "strange" aspects of the rulebook sometimes do not allow to highlight all the available capabilities (e.g. in the "Follow me" test, the advanced safety capabilities of our robots collided with the rulebook requirement for the "professional" guide not to step back and regain control. For the ranking, our team swinged between the ranks 5 and 11, depending on considered time and tests, finally settling in the upper half of the score list.
In 2009 Robocup took place in Graz, Austria; we were in the league "at-Home", as usual. You may download:
- our Team Description Paper 2009: Click here, 6.2Mb, pdf format.
- our Project Description Poster 2009: Click here; ca. 0.27 Mb, pdf).
Results have been especially good for us (RH4-Y) in the following tests: "Introduce", "Follow-me", "Walk and Talk" and "Open Challenge" (including the control of one robot by another, in gesture mode), bringing the rank of our team in the upper half. More generally, assistance tasks in home environment confirm to be very tough to be taken over by robots but new principles are explored, and tools and techniques improve. (This year, in addition, some of us were also involved in Festo Hockey Challenge, along with Robocup, where it was proven that a group of 3 robots can adequately score a goal against another robot team ;-) )
You may find more information about our participation in 2009 and download various documents in the "archives" section, Click to go.
In 2008, our team RH3-Y has participated to the world competition "Robocup", in the league "at-Home", this time in Suzhou, China. Results have been particularly good for the "FastFollow" test (in particular with laser sensing at supervisory level, and coordinated speed control at lower control level).
You may find more information about our participation in 2008 and download various documents in the "archives" section, Click to go.
In 2007, in Atlanta (1-8 July 2007), our team RH2-Y has participated to the maximum of four tests (out of 6) allowed by the rules, has ranked second at the end of the technical round, was promoted to the final round, and ranked 4th of the global competition. You can download a presentation of the project: Click here (.pdf, ca 4Mb). Four newspaper articles written in French and a radio record are available on our site in French language Click to go
You may find more information about our participation in 2007 and download various documents in the "archives" section, Click to go.
In the first edition of Robocup-at-Home, in June 2006, we had addressed the challenge of following a human in a home environment as a first test. We had used vision at supervisory level, and position control at coordination level, with path recording being done on the basis of target values. This had been done during the Robocup World Competition, in Bremen, Germany, as the team RH1-Y .
You may find more information about our participation in 2006 and download various documents in the "archives" section, Click to go.
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