2008 is the first year where the new SPL league with the new and still fragile Nao robots was held. Fifteen teams selected from experienced participants of the old Aibo based SPL competed in the new Nao league. Detailed results of the 2008 competition are available at the Nao SPL website. The NUManoids won the final match on 20. July 2008 in a penalty shootout against a joint team from Carnegie Mellon University and Georgia Tech, USA. A photo of the 2008 Nao SPL finalists is shown below where the NUManoid team is on the left and GTCMUnited’08 is on the right.
Aim of research in the Nao league is to develop software which will allow team play for humanoid robots similar, and in the long run even better, as previously achieved in the Aibo SPL, the mid size, small size, or simulation leagues. There are still massive challenges ahead such as controlling a stable bi-ped walk, reliable ball detection, localisation, and team behaviour.
Additional photos from RoboCup 2008 Suzhou, China can be found e.g. on
Naomi's flickr account collection.
Movie scenes from the 2008 Nao SPL final GTCMUnited’08 against NUManoids can be found on youtube:
To view images from RoboCup 2002, 2003, 2004, or 2005-2006 take a look at the Gallery 2002, Gallery 2003, Gallery 2004, or Gallery 2005-2006.