The RoboCup Federation
The Robot World Cup Initiative is an attempt to foster Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Robot (IR) research by providing a standard problem, playing soccer, where wide range of technologies can be integrated and examined.
Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) represent a growing area of research in the AI community, but mostly due to the variety of applications in which multi-agent systems have been used, contacts and exchanges between groups of researchers working in this domain have not been so frequent. The RoboCup offers the possibility to confront and exchange ideas in a common domain and encourages researchers to establish and keeping contacts with each other.
The RoboCup Federation proposed the ultimate goal of the RoboCup Initiative to be stated as follows:
By 2050, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall win a soccer game, complying with the official FIFA rules, against the winner of the most recent World Cup of Human Soccer.