Standard Platform League — Nao Humanoid

Introduction

The Standard Platform League is held based on the humanoid robot platform Nao by SoftBank Robotics (formerly Aldebaran) since 2008. We were one of the first teams to be equipped with a set of robots.

The ZaDeAt RoboCup Team participated in the Humanoid SPL as a an intercontinental joint effort of the Knowledge-Based Systems Group (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), the Robotics and Agents Research Lab (University of Cape Town, South Africa), and the Institute of Software Technology (Graz University of Technology, Austria) from 2008 to 2010.

We are no longer participating in the Standard Platform League and the ZaDeAt project has been retired. The robots are now used for educational purposes.

Research

Research focused on task-level behavior encoding and software components for resource-constrained systems.

Selected Publications

Team

The ZaDeAt team was lead by Alexander Ferrein (RWTH) and Gerald Steinbauer (TUG). Team members were Asief Brey (UCT), Tobias Kellner (TUG), Gerhard Lakemeyer (RWTH), Stephen Marais (UCT), Tim Niemueller (RWTH), Darshaka Pathirana (TUG), Patrick Podbregar (TUG), Anet Potgieter (UCT), Gareth Priede (UCT), and Christoph Rath (TUG).

Software

We have developed a full software stack based on the Fawkes Robot Software Framework. In particular, the Nao platform was used to develop several aspect of the core software. It was also the development testbed for the Lua-based Behavior Engine. Our robots were upgraded until version 3, which is still based on the AMD Geode CPU and the OpenEmbedded distribution. For this version of NaoQi, the current Fawkes software contains the necessary hardware driver plugin. It may be compatible with newer versions.