What is RoboCup@Home?

The RoboCup@Home league aims to develop service and assistive robot technology with high relevance for future personal domestic applications. It is the largest international annual competition for autonomous service robots and is part of the RoboCup initiative. A set of benchmark tests is used to evaluate the robots’ abilities and performance in a realistic non-standardized home environment setting. Focus lies on the following domains but is not limited to: Human-Robot-Interaction and Cooperation, Navigation and Mapping in dynamic environments, Computer Vision and Object Recognition under natural light conditions, Object Manipulation, Adaptive Behaviors, Behavior Integration, Ambient Intelligence, Standardization and System Integration. It is colocated with the RoboCup symposium.

Mexico 2012: More shopping mall, more real-world action!

The world championships will be in Mexico city in 2012. For local RoboCup@Home competition please have a look at the main RoboCup page to see if there is one near you.

RoboCup@Home documentary made by Andrew Quitmeyer. Check it out!"

RoboCup@Home in the Gadget Show

can be downloaded in high resolution also

A RoboCup@Home movie from 2009

Who can participate?

Everybody with an autonomous robot can participate. The @Home league consists of some tests and an open challenge to demonstrate the abilities of your robot. To participate in the open challenge you have to participate in at least one test. The competition is in a real world scenario (see below).

The competition

The competition of RoboCup@Home consists of tests which the robots have to solve. The tests will change over the years to become more advanced and function as an overall quality measurement in desired areas. Suggestions for tests can be discussed on the email list. Performance measurement is based on a score derived from competition rules and evaluation by a jury.

Criteria of the tests are listed below. The tests should:

  • include human machine interaction

  • be socially relevant 

  • be application directed/oriented 

  • be scientifically challenging 

  • be easy to set up and low in costs 

  • be simple and have self-explaining rules 

  • be interesting to watch 

  • take a small amount of time

Suggestions for new tests or changes in existing tests should fulfill as many of these criteria as possible. Suggestions can be mailed to the @Home email list (see menu on the left).

The Scenario

The ultimate scenario is the real world itself. To build up the required technologies gradually a basic home environment is provided as a general scenario. In the first years (we started in 2006) it will consist of a living room and a kitchen but soon it should also involve other areas of daily life, such as a garden/park area, a shop, a street or other public places.

Open Challenge

One of the tests is an open challenge where freely chosen abilities can be shown. Also, in the open challenge proposals for future tests can be presented to the league. According to the criteria of RoboCup@Home, a jury consisting of team leaders will decide on the score awarded.


RoboCup@Home finishes with the finals where the 5 teams with the highest scores can perform in the scenario that has been set up. The teams are rated by a jury consisting of roboticists and non roboticists, such as people from industry, from human-machine interaction, from industrial design, from the audience and the press. The ranking of the finals determines the winner. In the finals there is less focus on technical matters, since getting in the finals already means that the teams are very good on the technical level.