RoboCup@Home: Registration of RoboCup@Home League

This (rather long) message describes preregistration and qualification procedure for RoboCup@Home League 2009. It contains the following parts:
* Two steps
* Instructions for the TDP
* Instructions for the Web site
* Submission Instructions
* Evaluation criteria
* Tentative schedule

Two Steps
Every team intending to participate has to run through the following two steps:

Step 1) The team must send an email to the OC members (emails see below) to signal intention to participate. Please fill in the following basic information:

Team Name:
Team Leader Name:
Web site:

**** Deadline: Sunday, February 1st, 2009 23:59 CET *****

Step 2) The team must submit a

- team Description Paper (TDP),
- team Video,
- indicate a team web site devoted to their effort.

**** Deadline: Sunday, February 15th, 2009 23:59 CET *****

Instructions for the TDP

NOTE: in contrast to years 2006/7/8 the TDP will have decisive impact on the rank in case of participation in the finals. Please pay special attention to the scientific quality of your TDP!
The TDP contains the following information:
* Description of the hardware and software including a list of integrated externally available components (including commercial products, freeware, Open Source, etc.)

* Innovative technology and scientific contribution
* Photo(s) of the robot
* Focus of research/research interests
* Re-usability of the system for other research groups
* Applicability of the robot in the real world
The TDP goes into detail about the technical and scientific approach, but the website should be designed for a broader audience.
The length of the TDP is limited to 8 pages. Please use the same Springer LNAI format used in the RoboCup Symposium submissions (see http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html).

Instructions for the Web site

The contents of the web site should be as follows:
* Photos of the robot(s)
* Videos of the robot(s)
* Description of the approaches and information on scientific achievements
* Relevant publications
* Team members
* Previous participation in RoboCup

Submission Instructions:

The items above must be submitted by e-mail to all OC members:


The e-mail subject should be: [@Home2008-Preregistration] (YourTeamName)

The e-mail should contain:

* The following information about your team
o Name of the team
o Affiliation
o Contact information
o Website
* A link to your TDP
* A link to your video

Evaluation criteria:

Qualification materials will be judged by the following criteria:

* Performance in previous competitions
* Team description paper
* Video
* Website
* Relevant Scientific contribution/publications
* Novelty of approach
* Amendments made to the @Home Wiki
* Contribution to RoboCup@Home League (e.g Proposal of tests, organization
of events, exchange of results inside the league)

Tentative schedule:

19. Jan. 09 | release of first draft of the rulebook 2009,
start 4 weeks of public discussion about it

1. Feb. 09 | collect letter of intention to participate
15. Feb. 09 | end of discussion on the rulebook
15. Feb. 09 | end of collection pre-registration and qualification material
22. Feb. 09 | release of the final rulebook 2009

1. Mar. 09 | notification of qualification
9. Mar. 09 | team registration opens (robocup2009 web site)

20. Apr. 09 | end of early registration

18. May 09 | end of team registration