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Selected Competition Results Development started 1998 Dec 11, 10:20am
[RC99 Cup, Stockholm] Essex Wizards '00 came 3rd in the First European RoboCup (Euro-RC 2000) held in Amsterdam, Holland. The wizards finished 2nd in their round-robin group and achieved a combined score of 53-4 over their opponents.
Essex Wizards '99 came 3rd in RoboCup-99 held in Stockholm, Sweden. The wizards finished 1st in their round-robin group and achieved a combined score of 59-9 over their opponents.


Team Members
[Team Members] Active Wizards

  • Dr. Huosheng Hu - [ Faculty ] - [ Joined OCT 1998 ]
  • Matthew Hunter - [ PhD Student ] - [ Joined JUN 1999 ]
  • Nikos Kalyviotis - [ PhD Student ] - [ Joined OCT 1999 ]
    Special thanks to David Williams, university of Essex football club manager, for his usefull comments during development.

Former Wizards

  • Kostas Kostiadis - [ PhD Student ] - [ Joined OCT 1998, until MAR 2002 ]
  • Mike Seabrook - [ PhD Student ] - [ Joined JUN 1999, until JUN 2000 ]


Team Characteristics
[Team Characteristics]
  • Multi-threaded OO architecture using POSIX threads and various design patterns
  • On-line learning using KaBaGe-RL for high level decision making
  • Constraint satisfaction based positioning scheme
  • Co-operation through strategic planning
  • Horizon map based pass evaluation


Team Software
[Team Software] - Past versions of our team

- Software tools we used during development
  • Cycle Analyser v1.1 - Utility that analyses server log files to detect cycle loss

    We are sorry we cannot provide binaries for other platforms.


Team Publications
[Team Publications]
  1. [Kalyviotis and Hu, 2001] Kalyviotis N. and Hu H., ASPF: an Adaptive Strategic Planning Framework in RoboCup, Proceedings IASTED International Conference on Robotics and Applications (RA 2001), Florida, November 2001.
  2. [Hu et al., 2002] Hu H., Kostiadis K., Hunter M., and Kalyviotis N., Essex Wizards 2001 Team Description, In Birk A., Coradeschi S., and Tadokoro S., editors, RoboCup-01: Robot Soccer World Cup V. Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2002.
  3. [Kostiadis and Hu, 2001] Kostiadis K. and Hu H., KaBaGe-RL: Kanerva Based Generalisation and Reinforcement Learning for Possession Football, Proceedings IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots & Systems (IROS 2001), Hawaii, October 2001.
  4. [Kalyviotis and Hu, 2001] Kalyviotis N. and Hu H., A Co-operative Framework for Strategic Planning, Proceedings Towards Intelligent Mobile Robots (TIMR) '01, Manchester, 2001.
  5. [Hu et al., 2001] Hu H., Kostiadis K., Hunter M., and Kalyviotis N., Essex Wizards 2000 Team Description, In Stone P., Balch T., and Kraetszchmar G., editors, RoboCup-00: Robot Soccer World Cup IV. Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2001.
  6. [Kostiadis et al., 2000] Kostiadis K., Hunter M., and Hu H., The Use of Design Patterns for the Development of Multi-Agent Systems, Proceedings IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC2000), Tennessee, October 2000.
  7. [Hunter et al., 2000] Hunter M., Kostiadis K., and Hu H., A Behaviour-based Approach to Position Selection for Simulated Soccer Agents, Proceedings European RoboCup Workshop, Amsterdam, May 2000.
  8. [Kostiadis and Hu, 2000] Kostiadis K. and Hu H., A Multi-threaded Approach to Simulated Soccer Agents for the RoboCup Competition, In Veloso M., Pagello E., and Kitano H., editors, RoboCup-99: Robot Soccer World Cup III. Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2000.
  9. [Hu et al., 2000] Hu H., Kostiadis K., Hunter M., and Seabrook M., Essex Wizards '99 Team Description, In Veloso M., Pagello E., and Kitano H., editors, RoboCup-99: Robot Soccer World Cup III. Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2000.
  10. [Hu et al., 1999] Hu H., Kostiadis K., and Liu Z., Coordination and Learning in a Team of Mobile Robots, Proceedings IASTED Robotics & Applications Conference, California, October 1999.
  11. [Kostiadis and Hu, 1999] Kostiadis K. and Hu H., Reinforcement Learning and Co-operation in a Simulated Multi-agent System, Proceedings IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots & Systems (IROS 1999), Korea, October 1999.


RoboCup Related Links
[RoboCup Related Links]
  • RSTR - RoboCup Simulator Team Repository (contains pointers to all available teams)
  • RLA - RoboCup Library Archive contain code libraries for building clients
  • MAS Evaluation Page - Resources related to multi-agent system evaluation
  • ISAAC - ISI Automated Assistant Coach
  • JSM - Java Soccer Manager
  • Applications - RoboCup Applications World-Wide
  • IEEE Spectrum Magazine - Online RoboSoccer Forum



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