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RoboGames Symposium: Call For Robot Demos, Presentations and Performances

Theme: Competition Robots for Research and Entertainment

RoboGames(in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon, Cal State Maritime, and the Robotics Society of America) is pleased to announce an expanded presentation format for RoboGames 2012. RoboGames, the world's largest open robot competition, seeks to promote disciplinary cross-pollination among technologists, artists and hobbyists in a forum where both academia and the general public participate.

In the RoboGames Symposium, we highlight the parallel value of competition robots to research and entertainment. Submission subject areas will include: ground-breaking mechanical designs, unique cross-applications, innovative algorithms, specialized sensing capabilities, creative expressive modes, overarching behavior systems and more! Do you have interaction software that could change robot competitions for years to come? Does your bot wants to act out a dramatic narrative on stage? Or perhaps your work has ramifications to the larger field of human robot interaction, entertainment robotics or is a unique creative or scientific exploration?

We seek your participation in one of the following tracks:

I. Robot Demo, Poster & Extended Abstract (moderately curated)
II. Research Talk & Extended Abstract (highly curated)
III. Live Performance & Extended Abstract (moderately curated)

All submission tracks include a 3-page extended abstract to be preserved for future generations. Each accepted submission will present at the Symposium and all demos/performances must be entered into a parallel RoboGames competition category.

Keep your submission snappy & comprehensible to tech-savvy readers, but make sure it has research value and an analysis real world impact.

Submissions welcome from all research backgrounds, e.g., human-robot interaction, machine learning, innovations stemming from gameplay, competition, or live performance. In conjunction with the diverse RoboGames competition categories, this symposium presents a unique opportunity to engage in deeper discussion about state-of-the-art technologies and our goals for robotics in the future.

Accepted authors/presenters must be able to attend and are invited to share their work with fellow researchers and RoboGames attendees through scheduled demonstrations, talks, performances and poster presentations.

The submission deadline is Fri, March 16, 2013! Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by Fri, March 30, 2013.


1) Extended Abstract

The RoboGames 2011 paper submission should be a 3-page paper prepared in the ACM Extended Abstract Format, submitted in PDF format (only!). You can find the Extended Abstract format template at: http://www.sigchi.org/chi2010/authors/format.html#extendedformat.

Make sure to include:
i) A review of related work so you can address its novelty,
ii) A brief description of the experiment, design process or creative exploration you went through in its development,
iii) Presentation of the contribution itself,
iv) An analysis of the significance of your innovation to humanity, robotkind or the planet,
v) A conclusion that includes future work or extensions your work might enables or inspire.

2) The track for which you are applying: Demo & Poster, Research Talk, or Live Performance.
The Demo & Poster track is similar to traditional academic Poster Sessions in which all contributors will bring a large poster presenting their project, but in celebration of the many robots in attendance, also includes poster-side demos: whether a real robot, segments of a sensor/mechanism to demonstrate its functionality, or a video of the system in action.

The Research Talkswill be largely invited, but if you have a specialty or project likely to inspire the future and best presented in a 20-minute-talk format please submit the topic and any background material for consideration.

The Live Performance track involves real robots that can perform in front of the audience, and could explore theatrical expression, human-technology relationships, music, dance or viewer participation.

3) The parallel RoboGames event category in which you will compete

All participants should be entered into a relevant RoboGames event as feasible. Does your robot qualify as a music bot? An art bot? Does it play hockey in its off hours or navigate autonomously for fun? If it doesn't fit into specific categories, there is a "Best of show" category open to all bots. All robots participating on site in the symposium must be registered for medal contention at RoboGames. Coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze medals go to the winners in each category. For a complete list of RoboGames competition offerings, including rules, examples, photos, and registration help, please see http://robogames.net/events. For assistance choosing your parallel competition please contact

To create a RoboGames account and register for the event that most closely coordinates your live robot presentation, please see the RoboGames registration page: http://robogames.net/registration

4) Supplementary material

This might include hosted video files (highly recommended for performance submissions) and web links (welcome but not required). Such material would augment but not substitute for your extended abstract.

Submission Guidelines:
The RoboGames symposium paper submission should be a 3-page paper prepared in the ACM Extended Abstract Format, submitted in PDF format (only! Not MS Word!) to:

You can find the Extended Abstract format template at: http://www.sigchi.org/chi2010/authors/format.html#extendedformat.

Symposium papers would be reviewed and selected for presentation at the RoboGames symposium Fri-Sun, Apr 19-21, 2013. The RoboGames symposium proceedings will be made available on the RoboGames website after the event. Examples of past papers presented at RoboGames can be found at:
http://robogames.net/symposium/papers-2007.php and

Deadline for Submission: Please submit papers via email to by midnight PST, Fri, March 16, 2013.
Decisions announced: Fri, March 30, 2013
Accepted submissions will be presented: Sat-Sun, Apr 20-21, 2pm-5pm

Heather Knight - Carnegie Mellon University
Michael Strange - California State Maritime Academy
David Calkins - The Robotics Society of America
Ed Katz, PhD - Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley
Jonathan Foote, PhD - IEEE
Larry Klingenberg - San Francisco State University
Erico Guizzo - IEEE
Simone Davalos - Robotics Society of America

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