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The RoboCup 2013 Drop-In Player Challenges: Experiments in Ad Hoc Teamwork

Patrick MacAlpine, Katie Genter, Samuel Barrett, and and Peter Stone. The RoboCup 2013 Drop-In Player Challenges: Experiments in Ad Hoc Teamwork. In Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), September 2014.
Accompanying videos at http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~AustinVilla/sim/3dsimulation/AustinVilla3DSimulationFiles/2013/html/dropin.html

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Abstract

As the prevalence of autonomous agents grows, so does the number of interactions between these agents. Therefore, it is desirable for these agents to be capable of banding together with previously unknown teammates towards a common goal: to collaborate without pre-coordination. While past research on ad hoc teamwork has focused mainly on theoretical treatments and empirical studies in relatively simple domains, the long-term vision has been to enable robots and other autonomous agents to exhibit the sort of flexibility and adaptability on complex tasks that people do, for example when they play games of "pick-up" basketball or soccer. This paper introduces a series of pick-up robot soccer experiments that were carried out in three different leagues at the international RoboCup competition in 2013. In all cases, agents from different labs were put on teams with no pre-coordination. This paper introduces the structure of these experiments, describes the strategies used by UT Austin Villa in each challenge, and analyzes the results. The paper's main contribution is the introduction of a new large-scale ad hoc teamwork testbed that can serve as a starting point for future experimental ad hoc teamwork research.

BibTeX Entry

@InProceedings{IROS14-MacAlpine,
  author = {Patrick MacAlpine and Katie Genter and Samuel Barrett and and Peter Stone},
  title = {The {R}obo{C}up 2013 Drop-In Player Challenges: Experiments in Ad Hoc Teamwork},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)},
  location = {Chicago, Illinois, USA},
  month = {September},
  year = {2014},
  abstract={
   As the prevalence of autonomous agents grows, so does the number of 
interactions between these agents.  Therefore, it is desirable for these agents 
to be capable of banding together with previously unknown teammates towards a 
common goal: to collaborate without pre-coordination.  While past research on 
ad hoc teamwork has focused mainly on theoretical treatments and empirical 
studies in relatively simple domains, the long-term vision has been to enable 
robots and other autonomous agents to exhibit the sort of flexibility and 
adaptability on complex tasks that people do, for example when they play games 
of "pick-up" basketball or soccer.  This paper introduces a series of pick-up 
robot soccer experiments that were carried out in three different leagues at 
the international RoboCup competition in 2013.  In all cases, agents from 
different labs were put on teams with no pre-coordination.  This paper 
introduces the structure of these experiments, describes the strategies used by 
UT Austin Villa in each challenge, and analyzes the results.  The paper's main 
contribution is the introduction of a new large-scale ad hoc teamwork testbed 
that can serve as a starting point for future experimental ad hoc teamwork 
research.
  },
  wwwnote={Accompanying videos at <a href="http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~AustinVilla/sim/3dsimulation/AustinVilla3DSimulationFiles/2013/html/dropin.html">http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~AustinVilla/sim/3dsimulation/AustinVilla3DSimulationFiles/2013/html/dropin.html</a>},
} 

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