The RoboCup is the most prominent and largest competition for intelligent robots, and one of the world’s key technology events for research and training.

Ever since 1997, the RoboCup Federation has been pursuing its objective of developing intelligent humanoid soccer-playing robots which by 2050 will be able to beat the current FIFA champions.

Several competitions in RoboCup highlight the immediate benefits of robotics for industry, the economy, and our every-day life:
  • Rescue robots in disaster response
  • Service robots providing assistive services to people
  • Mobile robots for logistics, materials flows and transport systems
  • Cooperative robots for performing complex tasks in industrial settings


RoCKIn is an EU-funded project aiming to foster scientific progress and innovation in cognitive systems and robotics through the design and implementation of competitions. Additionally, we want to increase public awareness of the current state of the art in European robotics and demonstrate the innovation potential of robotics applications for solving societal challenges and securing the competitiveness of European industry in global markets.

To this end, RoCKin has developed two Challenges:
These Challenges are based around easy-to-communicate and convincing user stories, which catch the interest of both the general public and the scientific community. Of particular interest to the latter is openly solving scientific challenges and the opportunity to thoroughly assess, compare, and evaluate competing approaches. To allow this to happen, the Challenges are designed to meet the requirements of benchmarking procedures and good experimental methods. The integration of benchmarking technology with the competition concept is one of the main objectives of RoCKIn.

Lab Ro.Co.Co.

The laboratory RoCoCo (Cognitive Cooperating Robots) is located at DIAG (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica, Automatica e Gestionale) of Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.

Research developed at the laboratory Ro.Co.Co. is in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and started with the participation of the S.P.Q.R. Team to the RoboCup competitions in 1998 held in Paris.