The 17th annual RoboCup International Symposium, 1 July 2013, will be held in conjunction with RoboCup 2013. 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@Home, RoboCup@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.

New track

To encourage open-source releases of hard- and software components, a special track on open-source developments will be included in the 2013 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.

Important dates

* Submission of full papers: 29 March 2013
* Notification to authors: 3 May 2013
* Submission of camera-ready copies: 15 May 2013
* RoboCup 2013 Symposium: 1 July 2013

Symposium co-chairs

* Sven Behnke, University of Bonn
* Manuela Veloso, Carnegie Mellon University
* Arnoud Visser, Universiteit van Amsterdam
* Rong Xiong, Zhejiang University


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