The RoboCup federation espouses the ambitious goal that "By the middle of the 21st century, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall win a soccer game, complying with the official rules of FIFA, against the winner of the most recent World Cup." In this talk, I will discuss the role of the RoboCup challenge as a catalyst for AI, and describe the progress made towards its goal through annual competitions and research symposia. I will present some of my own work in the "simulation league" to illustrate specific research threads motivated by RoboCup. All are welcome to attend this "fun" talk on an inspiring example of international cooperation towards the progress of science.
Shivaram Kalyanakrishnan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay. He obtained his BTech from IIT Madras in 2004 and his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Before taking up his current position, Shivaram Kalyanakrishnan was a Research Scientist at Yahoo Labs Bangalore, and also briefly an INSPIRE Faculty fellow in the Department of Computer Science and Automation at IISc Bangalore. His research interests lie in artificial intelligence and machine learning, spanning topics such as sequential decision making, multiagent learning, multi-armed bandits, and humanoid robotics. Application domains have included robot soccer, computer games, and on-line advertising.