We are very pleased to welcome you to the 18th RoboCup International Symposium!
The 18th annual RoboCup International Symposium will be held in conjunction with RoboCup 2014, on July 25th. 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.
For the 18th RoboCup International Symposium, we received a total of 72 submissions, which were reviewed carefully by the International Program Committee, consisting of 53 members. Each paper was reviewed by at least three reviewers. Overall, we accepted 39 of those (54%), of which 12 were chosen for oral presentation. All papers will be published as full papers in a special book of the Springer LNCS/LNAI series.
This year we will have two invited speakers: Rodney Brooks, Professor emeritus at MIT, robotics entrepreneur and Founder, Chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics; and Sami Haddadin, full professor and director of the Institute of Automatic Control (IRT) at Leibniz University Hanover.
In addition, a new track on the advancement of the RoboCup Major leagues takes place at this year's RoboCup Symposium.
We look forward to seeing all of your presentations in João Pessoa!
Reinaldo A. C. Bianchi, FEI University
H. Levent Akin, Bogaziçi University
Subramanian Ramamoorthy, University of Edinburgh
Komei Sugiura, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
The 2014 Symposium Co-Chairs