The 3D Simulation competition increases the realism of the simulated environment used in other simulation leagues by adding an extra dimension and more complex physics. The Nao robot from Aldebaran robotics has been the official robot for the Standard Platform League since 2008, and using the same model for the simulation competitions represents a great opportunity for researchers wanting to test their algorithms and ideas before trying them into the real robots. A match is played by two teams of nine (or less) players and consists of two halves of five minutes each.
The current challenge is the design and implementation of multi-agent higher-level behaviours based on solid low level behaviour architectures, for realistic humanoid robot teams.
The list of participants of the Soccer Simulation League can be found here.
The league’s official wiki: http://wiki.robocup.org/wiki/Soccer_Simulation_League
The SimSpark server software can be accessed via: http://simspark.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page