RoboCup is an annual international robotics competition proposed and founded in 1996 by a group of university professors. The aim of such a competition consists of promoting robotics and AI research, by offering a publicly appealing, but formidable challenge. The name RoboCup is a contraction of the competition's full name, "Robot Soccer World Cup", but there are many other stages of the competition such as "RoboCupRescue", "RoboCup@Home", “RoboCup@Work” and "RoboCupJunior". The RoboCup organizes one large world championship event hosted in a different country every year. Smaller local RoboCup events are hosted yearly in countries around the world as try-outs for the RoboCup World Championships. Since its founding in 2019 the RoboCup has grown to over 2,200 participants competing in over 300 teams from more than 40 countries worldwide.
The @Work league is the newest league in the RoboCup. The @Work league targets the use of robots in work-related scenarios. The RoboCup@Work aims to foster research and development that enables the use of innovative mobile robots equipped with advanced manipulators and sensors for current and future industrial applications, where robots cooperate with human workers for complex tasks ranging from manufacturing, automation, and parts handling up to general logistics. When the @Work league was created the decision was made to use the Kuka Youbut robotic platform as the standard robot for every team. During the more recent years it was decided that teams can compete using different platforms as long as they fit within the requirements set by the RoboCup@Work Technical Committee.
Under the name Fontys@Work, Fontys University of Applied Science started competing in the RoboCup@Work league in 2017. The team, consisting of students from the Adaptive Robotics minor, went the RoboCup German Open in Magdeburg Germany to compete with their Kuka Youbot.
In 2018 the RoboHub Eindhoven was founded by new students from the Adaptive Robotics minor as the successor of the Fontys@Work team. During this year a new platform under the name Faraday was in development for competing in the RoboCup@Work. The idea was to compete one more year with the Kuka Youbot platform, while the Faraday was still in development, before switching to the new platform.
A stroke of bad luck caused an unrepairable break of the Kuka Youbot, forcing the team to compete with the still in development Faraday platform during the 2018 season at the RoboCup German Open.
During the RoboCup German Open the team found that the Faraday platform was to bulky for the RoboCup@Work league.
In 2019 the RoboHub Eindhoven competed again in the RoboCup@Work. With a combination of veterans from the previous year and a new group of minor students the team used the new Sui2 platform to compete in both the RoboCup German Open and the RoboCup World Championships in Sydney Australia.
After logistical problems caused Sui2 to arrive after the RoboCup World Championships had already started.
In 2020 the RoboHub Eindhoven will continue competing in the RoboCup@Work during the RoboCup German Open in Magdeburg Germany between April 24th and April 26th; And the RoboCup World Championships in Bordeaux France between June 23rd and June 29th.