Call for Papers

The 23rd Annual RoboCup International Symposium 2019

The 23rd Annual RoboCup International Symposium will be held in conjunction with RoboCup 2019 at the International Convention Centre Sydney, Australia. We call for submissions of papers reporting innovative, original research with relevance to areas of robotics and artificial intelligence as listed 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. In addition to the main track with regular papers there will be a special development track on hardware development, software frameworks and open-source development.

Important Dates

Submission of full papers 8 April, 2019
Notification to authors 21 May, 2019
Submission of camera-ready copies 4 June, 2019
RoboCup 2019 Symposium 8 July 2019

Submission and Proceedings

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 which is linked to the symposium website.

Regular papers are limited to 12 pages and papers of the development track should adhere to the limit of 8 pages.

Springer’s proceedings LaTeX templates are also available in Overleaf.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Robot Hardware and Software

  • mobile robotics
  • humanoid robotics
  • 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

  • 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

Development Track

The development track encourages reports on innovative hardware developments, software frameworks and open-source releases of software components. Review of papers describing these contributions will be based on technical aspects and benefit to the practice of communities working in the above fields in general and RoboCup in particular.


Important information about the registration process, fees, periods, and cancellation policy.

1) Overview of the Registration Process

We are using a web-based system

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Only qualified teams can register. Please wait until your league qualifies the teams and your team will be available in RegOnline. There is a registration code necessary which we will send to the team leaders of the qualified teams.

Registration proceeds separately for each qualified team and for the team leader and team members. When registering a team, you need to include the information for a "point of contact" for the team. Please note, though, that the person serving as point of contact is not registered at that time, but only the team is registered. In addition to registering your team, all team leaders and team members need to register as Faculty/Staff or Student participants.

Registrations are only complete when payment is received. Credit card payments are immediately validated. We strongly recommend payment by credit card.

The other available method of payment takes time. No registration is considered complete until full payment is received.

The participants from the countries requiring visas will need an invitation letter. Also please visit the following website for the latest information on visa applications.

The invitation letter will be sent by email to the participants at our very earliest convenience after the registration is complete. Please wait patiently for the payment to be complete. If you still have questions, please email to

2) Registration as Symposium Only Participant - Fees

It is possible for both faculty and students to register as Symposium Only participants. Invitation letters to Symposium Only participants are issued to those with accepted publications therein, only.

On the registration web site, choose “Symposium Only Faculty/Staff'' or ''Symposium Only Student''.

  “Symposium Only” Registration:
Faculty/Staff $380
Student $245

All registered team members are automatically admitted to the Symposium. Team members do not need to register separately for the symposium.

3) Payment Methods

Our registration web site offers the following payment options:

Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX)
This is the preferred method.

Wire Transfer (USD)
Available only until june 7, 2019.

Wire transfer should be used in exceptional cases only, and if credit card payment is not possible. Registration will be considered complete only if the amount due is received in its totality in us dollars in the bank account on or before the respective date (e.g., April 30th, for early registration). It is your responsibility to ensure that this will be the case. In order to help expedite the payment process, we ask that you please send your wire transfer transaction information to Please note that wire transfer payments will be deactivated after June 7, 2019.

4) Visas and Cancellation Policy

Participants from some countries do require a visa for Australia

For those who need a visa, here is the policy:

An Invitation Letter will be sent to a team member once the team registration and the team member registration have been completed, i.e., payment has been received. There will be no exceptions.

The following cancellation procedure applies:


  • The visa application was not successful; and
  • The registration was completed (i.e., payment received) by April 30, 2019; and
  • The cancellation is requested before May 31, 2019,


  • The full registration amount will be refunded, except for a handling charge of $100 per person, and $100 for the team if the team is also cancelled.


  • There is no refund.

Program co-chairs

Jackrit Suthakorn, Mahidol University, Thailand

Mary-Anne Williams, University of Technology, Australia

Tim Niemueller, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Stephan Chalup, The University of Newcastle, Australia