Sunday, April 8, 2007


1 - 10 July 2007, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Robotics role in space exploration has become prominent in recent years both due to the complexity and duration of the missions which makes human presence difficult and dangerous, and also encouraged by the success of NASA Mars Exploration Rovers. The world’s top space agencies (NASA, JAXA, ESA) currently have their own roadmap on space robotics research and development, particularly targeting planetary rovers for Mars and Moon missions, as well as robotic assistants to help astronauts perform their tasks, on board the spacecraft and/or at the planetary surface.

RoboCup has been showing, for more than 10 years, how robotic competitions foster considerable advances in Robotics research and development. IEEE is now preparing its first official robot competition in 2008, during ICRA, and the theme will be Space Robotics. NASA, JAXA and ESA have expressed interest in these kinds of activities, as a mean of providing extra inputs to their research.

The Board of Trustees of the RoboCup Federation has decided to start a new RoboCup league, RoboCup@Space, under the theme of Space Robotics. Asa first step towards reaching that goal, demonstrations of space robots will take place during RoboCup 2007, in Atlanta.

The demonstrations will be open, and can cover different topics of interest for Space Robotics research, such as

  • system architecture and middleware for robotic systems
  • autonomous navigation and control
  • mobility in rough and possibly unknown terrain
  • human-robot interfaces and interaction methodologies
  • cooperative robots
  • planetary rovers
  • robotic assistants

We solicit submissions of demonstration proposals, based on a (max 1-page A4) description of the activity to be carried out. The proposal should includeDemo title Name, affiliation, and email of all authors Name, email, and postal address of corresponding author Phone and fax of corresponding authorKeywords concerning involved research (max 5) Main description (including brief summary of infrastructure needed at venue)
All submissions will be acknowledged within a few days. Proposals will be reviewed for quality and feasibility, taking into account the available space at the venue and the required infrastructure.

Important Dates
  • April 30, 2007 Submissions due
  • May 19, 2007 Notification of acceptance/rejection
  • July 3-8, 2007 Demonstrations


  • Ayanna M. Howard
    School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta, GA 30319 USA
    email: ayanna.howard at

  • Daniele Nardi
    Dipartimento di Informatica e SistemisticaUniversita' di Roma "La Sapienza"
    Via Salaria 113, 00198 ROMA, Italy
    email:nardi at

  • Pedro U. Lima
    Instituto de Sistemas e RoboticaInstituto Superior Tecnico
    Av. Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
    email: pal at


    tucker said...

    Glad to see others are using the blog!


    Amin Yazdani said...

    With regards,
    I think more information about Robocup@Space will cause scientists focus on this topic more.
    and also for potential participants, it will cause more eagerness and morality.

    Hossein said...

    I have developed a new branch of flyers which also can be used in space, i'm bringing my bird to atlanta, is there any place, space or time for me to present it? thanks!

    Aries said...

    where we can submit our proposal?

    Aries said...

    is it necesary to have some Real Robot to work with it to make papers applicable for this conference?

    I have not a real robot but my method is applicable in every robots it is related to navigation in space.

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