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UT Austin Villa

RoboCup@Home SPL Team

Professors Peter Stone, Andrea Thomaz, Scott Niekum, Luis Sentis, Raymond J. Mooney, and Justin W. Hart

The University of Texas at Austin


Our team fuses several laboratories from across the University of Texas at Austin and brings considerable expertise in robotics. Prof. Peter Stone, the founder of the UT Austin Villa RoboCup soccer team, leads the Building-Wide Intelligence Project which explores the obstacles to deploying autonomous service robots in a building environment. Prof. Andrea Thomaz, an expert in interactive robotics, leads a laboratory focused on human-robot interaction for social robots. Prof. Scott Niekum, the leader of UT's Personal Robotics Robotics Laboratory, researches learning from demonstration and safety for robot learning. Prof. Luis Sentis, an expert in robotic control, leads a laboratory focused on enhancing control for robots operating near humans. Prof. Raymond Mooney leads a group with broad interests within natural-language processing and natural-language learning.

Our development efforts are situated within our ongoing Building-Wide Intelligence project, which has the long-term objective of enabling a team of robots to achieve long-term autonomy within the rich, socially interactive environment of the UT Austin Computer Science building. The HSR robot will thus be embedded within a multi-robot system of heterogeneous robots while its novel software is under development at UT Austin.

New for the 17-18 season, we aim to establish a permanent testing arena simulating the domestic environment. This space will be large, enabling us to easily develop and test with both UT's HSRs in one location.

UT Poli collage
Profs. Thomaz' lab

We expect the HSR robot to enhance and compliment the capabilities of our existing platforms and thus quickly play an important role in novel research on topics ranging from activity recognition, to robust perception, to learned planning and navigation, to general human-robot interaction. Throughout our development, we will continue our tradition of releasing well-documented, self-contained behavior modules for components of autonomous robots that can be used by other research groups to enhance their own research.

Scientific Achievements

The team leaders' past scientific achievements are chronicled on their respective websites:

Relevant publications


Receiving our third place trophy at RoboCup 2017 in Nagoya, Japan
Our third place trophy from RoboCup 2017
The Nagoya crew at RoboCup 2017


During our participation in the RoboCup@Home SPL, we are committed to continuing our strong tradition of contributing open source code to the community.

Team Roster

Additionally, we will be recruiting students from the Freshman Research Initiative Autonomous Intelligent Robotics stream.

Previous participation in RoboCup

Segway at Robocup @Home 2007
Segway in Robocup @Home 2007 Final
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