RoboCup 2014 and RoboCup International Symposium

RoboCup was founded in 1997 with the main goal of “developing by 2050 a Robot Soccer team capable of winning against the human team champion of the FIFA World Cup”. In the next years, RoboCup proposed several soccer platforms that have been established as standard platforms for robotics research. This domain demonstrated the capability of capturing key aspects of complex real world problems, stimulating the development of a wide range of technologies, including the design of electrical-mechanical-computational integrated techniques for autonomous robots. After more than 15 years of RoboCup, nowadays robot soccer represents only a part of the available platforms.

RoboCup encompasses the followin leagues:









 18th annual RoboCup International Symposium

The 18th annual RoboCup International Symposium will be held in conjunction with RoboCup 2014 (July 19-24). The Symposium represents the core meeting for presentation and discussion of scientific contributions to a variety of research areas related to all RoboCup divisions (RoboCupSoccer, RoboCupRescue, RoboCup at Home, RoboCup at Work and RoboCupJunior). Its scope encompasses, but is not restricted to, research and educational activities within the fields of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

Due to its interdisciplinary nature, the symposium offers a unique venue for exploring various and intimate connections of theory and practice across a wide spectrum of research fields. The experimental, interactive, and benchmark character of the RoboCup initiative presents the opportunity to disseminate novel ideas and promising technologies, which are rapidly adopted and field-tested by a large (and still growing) community.


We solicit submissions of papers reporting on high-quality, original research with relevance to the areas mentioned below. All researchers working in these areas, even if not actively participating in RoboCup teams, are urged to submit their work. Both papers describing real-world research and papers reporting theoretical results, as well as combinations thereof, are welcome. We also encourage the submission of high-quality overview articles for any field related to the general scope of RoboCup.

The proceedings of the RoboCup International Symposium are published and archived within the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. Submitted papers are limited to 12 pages formatted according to the LNAI requirements ( and must be electronically submitted through the symposium web site: All contributions are peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers using a blind review process.


To encourage open-source releases of hard and software components, a special track on open-source developments will be included in the 2014 RoboCup International Symposium. Contributions to this track are limited to eight pages, formatted according to LNAI requirements. They should include evidence of impact of the released component to the RoboCup community. Review of these contributions will be based on technical contribution and benefit for the RoboCup community.


* Submission of full papers: April 28th, 2014.
* Notification to authors: June 6th, 2014.
* Submission of camera-ready copies: June 20th, 2014.
* RoboCup 2014 Symposium: July 25th, 2014.

Symposium co-chairs

* H. Levent Akin
* Reinaldo A. C. Bianchi
* Subramanian Ramamoorthy
* Komei Sugiura

Areas of intrest

* Robot Hardware and Software
– mobile and humanoid robots
– sensors and actuators
– embedded and mobile devices
– robot construction and new materials
– robotic system integration
– robot software architectures
– robot programming environments and languages
– real-time and concurrent programming
– robot simulators
* Robotic Cognition and Learning
– world modeling
– localization, navigation, and mapping
– planning and reasoning
– decision making under uncertainty
– reinforcement learning
– complex motor skill acquisition
– motion and sensor model learning
* Perception and Action
– distributed sensor integration
– sensor noise filtering
– real-time image processing and pattern recognition
– motion and sensor models
– sensory-motor control
– robot kinematics and dynamics
– high-dimensional motion control
* Multi-Robot Systems
– team coordination methods
– communication protocols
– learning and adaptive systems
– teamwork and heterogeneous agents
– dynamic resource allocation
– adjustable autonomy
* Education and Edutainment
– Robotics and Artificial Intelligence education
– educational robotics
– robot kits and programming tools
– robotic entertainment
* Applications
– disaster rescue information systems
– search and rescue robots
– robotic surveillance
– service and social robots
– robots at home
* Human-Robot Interaction
– human-robot interfaces
– speech synthesis and natural language generation
– visualization
– emotion recognition
– human’s intent cognition
– affect detection and synthesis
– robot response to external disturbances
– safety and dependability



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