Dutch RoboSoccer Team, called ``Clockwork Orange'' is a Dutch research
project in which 3 universities participate: the
University of Amsterdam, the Technical
University of Delft, and University
Utrecht. In this research project we study multi agent systems
in general and multi robot systems in particular.
Multi Agent Systems (MAS) will play an important role in the future.
Thereare many real-world problems involving multiple interacting
agents, such as traffic control, public safety, pollution detection,
fire fighting etc. Real world agents should cooperate together to
come up with an optimal sensing and acting strategy. RoboCup Soccer
provides us with a challenging environment for doing novel research
in Multi-robot systems.
First of all, the robot agents should be able to gather sensor information
using camera's, laser range finders, and sonar sensors, and integrate
the information about the world using communication and sensor data
fusion. Furthermore, the robot agents should be provided with local
intelligence, creating a distributed team in which team roles can
be used for coordinating the team behavior. Such a team should be
robust in case one of the team members is malfunctioning. The RoboSoccer
environment also allows for learning strategies against a particular
opponent, offering research possibilities for opponent modelling
and machine learning.