Dear Humanoid League Teams,
this January version of our monthly newsletter contains important
updates regarding the application timeline for the Humanoid Soccer
Competition, the rule voting process, the (delayed) start of the Virtual
Season as well as a reminder to submit to the RoboCup Symposium and the
Humanoid Research Demonstration.
Humanoid Soccer Competition 2023 - Application process
We are in the process of finalizing the meta-reviews and hope to be able
to send out the first round of application evaluations by January 22nd.
We are still waiting for some reviews from team members, so if you have
been appointed as a reviewer by your team but have not submitted the
reviews, please do so urgently.
As in previous years, all teams will then get the chance to update their
application material until February 13th. For the teams who are already
accepted on January 22nd, this is optional. Teams who are requested to
update their material have to follow the meta reviews in order to get
accepted to the Humanoid League Soccer Competition.
The rule voting will start tomorrow and teams will then have two weeks
to vote for the 2023 rule changes. We will prepare a draft of the
updated rule book and release this on Feb 10th. Teams will then get time
to read and comment on the draft until February 24th. If no major
updates are required, we are planning on releasing a final rule book for
2023 by March 6th.
Unfortunately, we need to postpone the start of the virtual season again
as we are facing administrative challenges regarding the payment
process. We hope to have them resolved within the next days and are
confident that we can begin with the first game day February 3rd (docker
pull time) and broadcast the first stream on February 5th. For more
regular updates, please have a look at our Discord announcement channel.
The RoboCup Symposium will be held in conjunction with the 2023 RoboCup
competition in Bordeaux. The RoboCup Symposium covers a range of topics
with relevance to areas of robotics and artificial intelligence. The
submission deadline is April 16th, 2023. For more information, see:
Humanoid Research Demonstration
The Humanoid Research Demonstration is still open for applications. You
can find further information on our website:
The research demonstration is an excellent opportunity for teams and
other research groups that are not participating in RoboCup to showcase
their research related to humanoid robotics. As this is event was newly
established in 2020, we would appreciate if you could share our call
with interested colleagues and spread the word.
Maike (on behalf of the Humanoid League Technical Committee)
* Call for Participation *
RoboCup 2023 Humanoid Research Demonstration https://humanoid.robocup.org/
July 06 - 09, 2023, Bordeaux, France
The RoboCup Humanoid League invites the research community to apply for showcasing the latest research and development results that are relevant for humanoid robots. Researchers are invited to submit their demonstrations independently of whether they participate in the RoboCup competitions, symposium or have a RoboCup team. Contributions will be evaluated for scientific and technical excellence.
Topics of Interest
We welcome demonstrations containing new ideas, concepts, practical studies, and experiment demonstrations relevant to the field of Humanoid Robotics. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Components, joints and mechanics;
* Soft robotics;
* Anthropomorphic vs. non-anthropomorphic;
* Walking, running, jumping and other humanoid locomotion;
* Adaptability and scalability;
* Sensors and perception;
* Control and stability;
* Dealing with falling;
* Reflexes and learning;
* Energy supply and efficiency;
* Robot design and robotic kits;
* Virtual robots and simulation;
* Bipedal robots applied to real problems;
* Education with and for humanoid robots.
The Humanoid Research Demonstration will take place in one or several sessions and participating teams are asked to show a demonstration of the system live in Bordeaux or stream their demonstration from their lab during the session. As a back-up solution, each team needs to provide a video demonstration prior to the beginning of the tournament. If the demonstration is performed in Bordeaux, the Humanoid League will provide a humanoid league soccer playing field for the demonstration. However, the members of the Technical Committee of the Humanoid League understand that for some demonstrations this setup may not be ideal and will try to accommodate all teams. If a team requires other arrangements for the demonstration, it must submit a request to the Technical Committee at least 3 months before the competition to allow sufficient time for alternative arrangements.
We invite teams to apply to participate in the Humanoid Research Demonstration by submitting the following material:
* Demonstration title;
* URL of the group’s home page;
* Name of the contact person;
* E-mail address of the contact person;
* Postal address of the contact person.
The first part of the material is a video of your robot or robotic part demonstrating its skills or a brief overview of the software demonstration if your demonstration does not involve a physical embodiment.
The video must be supplied as a link to it via YouTube. The maximum duration of the video is 3 minutes. The proponent is responsible to ensure that the video adheres to YouTube’s TOS (especially in regard to music copyright) to prevent the video from being blocked for the reviewers.
If the demonstration includes any type of hardware to be showcased, a one-page specification (PDF) for each different type of humanoid type robot/mechanism used that includes the following:
* Robot/mechanism picture;
* Robot/mechanism name;
* Size of the humanoid type robot/mechanism;
* Weight of the robot/mechanism;
* Robots/mechanisms joint specification;
* Type of sensors used (incl. type of camera(s));
* Computing unit(s);
* Other specifications
A short paper describing the robot, robot part of software and its task and required environment, limited to four (4) pages including text, references, tables, and figures.
The short paper must follow the LNCS format which can be downloaded fromhttp://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0. Please pay special attention to the “Author guidelines” that you’ll be able to find there.
Plagiarism, loosely the unattributed use of other peoples' words, code, and ideas is not tolerated in the RoboCup community. See the point “Publishing Ethics” at https://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-gu… for a more detailed description. The teams and team members that plagiarize other peoples' work and present it as their own will be disqualified. For a first offense, the team and team members will be banned from RoboCup competition for two years (usually the current and next year). Harsher penalties will be applied to repeat offenders or extremely serious cases of plagiarism. A team may be disqualified at any time for plagiarism, even after the competition has started. RoboCup will not reimburse teams for any expenses related to their disqualification.
All qualification material must be submitted online at https://submission.robocuphumanoid.com<https://submission.robocuphumanoid.com/>
Humanoid Research Demonstration
* Submission system open: November 20th, 2022
* Submission deadline: April 2nd, 2023
Please note that after the announcement of the qualified teams the qualified teams submitted material will be made publicly available on the Humanoid League website. Teams applying for participation, therefore, implicitly grant the right of publication of their qualification material to the Humanoid League.
If you are a citizen of a country that needs a Visa for traveling to France, please start the VISA process as soon as you receive your notification of qualification. If you are not sure if you're eligible for a VISA-exempt, please consult the official website of the France government for information, at https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en/web/france-visas/welcome-page.
With best regards,
Technical Committee of RoboCup Humanoid League 2022
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*Apologies for any cross-posting*
We are very pleased to invite you to the *26th RoboCup International *
*Symposium* will be held on 10 July 2023, in conjunction with RoboCup 2023
(July 4 to 10, 2023) in Bordeaux, France.
*Conference website* https://2023.robocup.org/en/symposium/
*Submission link* https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rcsymposium2023
*Submission deadline* April 16, 2023
Please find attached the full call for proposals and papers for *the
International **Symposium 2023*.
Alessandra Rossi, Cédric Buche, Marco Simões, Ubbo Visser
The 26th RoboCup International Symposium will be held on *10 July 2023*, in
conjunction with RoboCup 2023 (July 4 to 10, 2023) in Bordeaux, France.
We are looking for submissions of papers reporting innovative and original
research with relevance to areas of robotics and artificial intelligence. A
full list of topics welcomed to this year's symposium can be found below.
Within the described scope of topics, we also encourage submissions of
high-quality overview articles, papers describing real-world research, and
papers reporting theoretical results. Researchers are invited to submit
their work independently of whether they participate in the RoboCup
competitions or have a RoboCup team.
The symposium is planned to be held in person in Bordeaux, France. However,
a hybrid version will be evaluated in case circumstances should require it.
In addition to the *regular track* with regular research papers, the
track* encourages reports on innovative hardware developments, software
frameworks, and open-source releases of software components. A review of
papers describing these contributions will be based on technical aspects
and benefits to the practice of communities specifically working in RoboCup.
*Submission deadline:* April 16, 2023
List of Topics
- Robot Hardware and Software
- mobile robotics
- humanoid robotics
- sensors and actuators
- embedded and mobile devices
- robot construction and new materials
- robot system integration
- robot software architectures
- robot programming environments and languages
- real-time and concurrent programming
- robot simulators
- sim2real learning
- Perception and Action
- 3D perception
- 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
- Robot Cognition and Learning
- world modelling and knowledge representation
- learning from demonstration and imitation
- localisation, navigation, and mapping
- planning and reasoning
- decision making under uncertainty
- neural systems and deep learning
- complex motor skill acquisition
- reinforcement learning and optimisation
- motion and sensor model learning
- Human-Robot Interaction
- robot social intelligence
- fluency of interaction
- speech synthesis and natural language generation
- natural language recognition
- explainable robot behaviours
- emotion recognition and reaction
- understanding human intent and behaviour
- safety, security and dependability
- enabling humans to predict robot behaviour
- 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 and Benchmarking
- search and rescue robots
- robot surveillance service and social robots
- robots at home, at work and in public spaces
- robots in the real world
- performance metrics
- human-robot interaction
All papers will be peer-reviewed and evaluated by members of the senior
program committee. The proceedings of the RoboCup International Symposium
will be published and archived within the Lecture Notes in Artificial
Intelligence (LNCS/LNAI) series by Springer-Verlag after the conference.
Papers should be formatted following the LNAI author guidelines (
and must be electronically submitted through the EasyChair electronic
submission system (
Submissions are limited to 12 pages including references.
Springer’s proceedings LaTeX templates are also available in Overleaf:
- Laurence Devillers, Sorbonne University, France *(confirmed)*
- Cynthia Breazeal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Committees Organizing committee
- Cédric Buche, CNRS/ENIB, France - cedric.buche(a)enib.fr
- Alessandra Rossi, University of Naples Federico II, Italy -
- Marco Simões, Universidade do Estado da Bahia, Brazil - msimoes(a)uneb.br
- Ubbo Visser, University of Miami, USA - visser(a)cs.miami.edu
The conference will be held in the Bordeaux Exhibition Center (Parc des
Expositions de Bordeaux), Bordeaux, France.
Please feel free to ask for further information by emailing Alessandra
Rossi - a.rossi(a)herts.ac.uk