RoboCup formation modeling

Kriek, Andre (2009-03)

Thesis (MSc (Mathematical Sciences. Computer Science))--University of Stellenbosch, 2009.


Since the late 1990s, the Robot Soccer World Cup has been used as a testing ground for new technology in the eld of robotic design and arti cial intelligence. This research initiative pits two teams of robots against each other in a game of soccer. It is hoped that the technology gained will enable the construction of a fully autonomous team of robot players to play a normal soccer game against a human team by the year 2050. In robot soccer matches, as in real soccer matches, inferring an opponent's strategy can give a team a major advantage. One important aspect of a team's strategy is the formation the team uses. Knowing the formations that an opposing team tends to take, enables a team to prepare appropriate countermeasures. This thesis will investigate methods to extract formation information from a completed soccer game. The results show that these methods can be used to infer a classical team formation, as well as other distinguishing characteristics of the players, such as which areas on the eld the players tend to occupy, or the players' movement patterns - both valuable items of information for a future opposition team.

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