The 16th annual RoboCup International Symposium will be held in conjunction with RoboCup 2012 (June 18-24). The Symposium represents the core meeting for resentation and discussion of scientific contributions to a variety of research areas related to all RoboCup divisions (RoboCupSoccer, RoboCupRescue, oboCup@Home, 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.


* Submission of full papers: March 2, 2012
* Notification to authors: April 20, 2012
* Submission of camera-ready copies: April 30, 2012
* RoboCup 2012 Symposium: June 24, 2012


* Xiaoping Chen, University of Science and Technology of China
* Peter Stone, University of Texas at Austin
* Luis Enrique Sucar, Nat. Inst. for Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics
* Tijn Van der Zant, University of Groningen


* 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

* 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

* 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

* Multi-Robot Systems
- Team coordination methods
- Communication protocols
- Learning and adaptive systems
- Teamwork and heterogeneous agents
- Dynamic resource allocation
- Adjustable autonomy

* Human-Robot Interaction
- Human-robot interfaces
- Speech synthesis and natural language generation
- Visualization

* 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