Decision-making and tactical behavior with potential fields

Jens Meyer, Robert Adolph, Daniel Stephan, Andreas Daniel, Matthias Seekamp, Volker Weinert, Ubbo Visser

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Using potential-fields is a seldomly used technique in RoboCup scenarios. The existing approaches mainly concentrate on world state representation on single actions such as a kick. In this paper we will show how to apply potential fields to assist fast and precise decisions in an easy and intuitive way. We go beyond the existing approaches in using potential fields to determine all possible player actions, basic and advanced tactics an also general player behaviors. To ensure fast computing we mainly use basic mathematical computation for potential field related calculations. This gives us the advantage of both determining and understanding player actions. Therefore, integrating future features such as a complex online coach and progressive localization methods will be easier. We implemented the approach in our team Bremen University Goal Seekers (BUGS) and tested it in numerous games against other simulation league teams. The results show that CPU-time of making a decision per team has been decreased significantly. This is a crucial improvement for calculations in time-critical environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-311
Number of pages8
JournalLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (Subseries of Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event6th Robot World Cup Soccer and Rescue Competitions and Conference - RoboCup 2002 - Fukuoka, Japan
Duration: Jun 19 2002Jun 25 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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