French Regional RoboCup Committee

Developing RoboCup Community in France
Welcome to the French RoboCup Regional Committee. This site explains the activity of the RoboCup community in France. It exposes also the application of France to host the RoboCup in Bordeaux in 2020, by the FFROB (fédération française de robotique).


The RoboCup is an international tournament whose purpose is to stimulate the research in robotics and intelligence artificial through an ambitious goal: "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". In addition to this iconic challenge, the goal is to address issues of motor intelligence, absent from more classically games such that in AI such as chess or go. The competition brings together every year thousands of participants forming hundreds of teams from a around fifty countries. This is one of the most important events in the world concerning technological research and education in robotics.

Middle Size Match

France and RoboCup have been linked for a long time. The second edition of the competition was organized in 1998 by Dominique Duhaut at the "Cité des Sciences" in Paris. France contributed at the highest levels: Pierre Blazevic won the cup in 1999 in standard league Aïbo, the team Rhoban led by Olivier Ly won the league Humanoïd Kid-Size by 2 times in 2016 and 2017, getting the Best Humanoid Price in 2017.

see RoboCup official site.

Major Teams

Active Teams

  • Rhoban Football Club - O. Ly - Kid-Size Humanoid Soccer League. - 6 participations, double world champion 2016 and 2017, best humanoid robot 2017.
  • LyonTech - F. Jumel - 3rd place @work 2016, @Home from 2015
  • PYRO - R. Merzouki - @Logistic League
  • Mantes Explorer 6 - MX6 - P. Blazevic - Rescue League (German Open 2017)
  • Hestia - D. Duhaut - @Home League

French Team History

  • Small-Size league (D. Duhaut 1997-98)
  • Middle-Size league (C. Moreno 1998-99)
  • SPL Aïbo (P. Blazevic 1998-2008) World Champion 1999
  • Middle-Size league (R. Benosman)
  • SPL Nao (P. Blazevic / V. Hugel / P. Bonnin 2009-2012)
  • Simulation league (V. Hugel / N. Jouandeau 2011-2014)
  • Rescue (P. Blazevic) – (2004-2005)

Present and passed participations to the organization of the RoboCup at international level.

  • Dominique Duhaut organized the RoboCup in 1998 in Paris in "cité des sciences et de l'industrie". He has been Trustee from 1997 to 2002.
  • Members of Rhoban take part regularly to the organisation of the Humanoid League:
    - Agnès Passault took part to the organizing committee of the humanoid league 2016.
    - Ludovic Hofer is member of the technical committee of humanoid league from 2017.
    - Grégoire Passault and Olivier Ly took part to the organization of "5th International School for Humanoid Soccer Robots" in Bordeaux in 2017.
  • Fabrice Jumel is member of the organizing committee and the technical committee of the @home league.
  • Vincent Hugel lead the Aibo league in 2005.

RoboCup Junior

Equipes Open RoboCup 2017
Open 2017 during the Robot Maker's Day, Enseirb-Matmeca

The junior side of the RoboCup constitutes an international community grouping thousands of teams all around the world. In Asia, in Europe or in America, young people from 11 to 19 participate to regional, national and continental RoboCup tournaments, and then to the RoboCup itself, Montreal in 2018 and Sydney in 2019.

RoboCupJunior Soccer RoboCupJunior On Stage RoboCupJunior Rescue
Junior Leagues: soccer, on-stage et rescue (open RoboCup 2017, Robot Maker's Day, Enseirb-Matmeca)

After the 2017 event hosted by the Robot Maker's Day on 2017 mai the 13rd, the RoboCupJunior French Open 2018 will occur in two parts:

Laureate will come from this two days.

The rules of different leagues are translated into french here:

See also wiki of international federation.

Présentation de la RoboCup junior

AND WHY IN 2020 ?

Note: The french application for RoboCup 2020 will be official only by february 2018.
    Such an event is actually a great opportunity for image, business and developement for the region and the country.
    • Business opportunities for the regional industry both through the trade show and through contacts with the most advanced laboratories and universities in their fields ;
    • Opportunity of image for the sector and the territory, confirming its place of national leader, in particular in the fields related to "the factory of the future" ;
    • Opportunities for the educational and academic community to spark vocations among young people, and then attracted to professions of the future.
    They support RoboCup Bordeaux 2020 !
    French robotics, at the forefront in the world, remains however poorly represented in these competitions. In Leipzip in 2016, France was represented LyonTech (ex. CPE) in @Home from Lyon, Pyro in @Logistics from Lilles and Rhoban from Bordeaux. The French application is likely to revive the appetite of French research for the competition, in Bordeaux considering both its reception capabilities and the vitality of the digital and robotic ecosystem of New Aquitaine.
    Robocup's are traditionally organized in turn on the different continents. After Leipzig (Allemagne) in 2016, and Nagoya (Japon) in 2017, Montréal (Canada) in 2018 and Sydney (Australie) in 2019. 2020 would be good for French Application.

    Learn more:

    Dossier de
													    présentation RoboCup 2020           Dossier Partenaires RoboCup 2020

    The partners of the RoboCup Bordeaux 2020 Application

      Several partnership offers are proposed to accompany Bordeaux's bid for the RoboCup 2020 in the "partners" booklet. The application is also based on many partners and promotions, find all the necessary information in our partner booklet. Being a partner of the Robocup 2020 Bordeaux, you get four types of benefits:
      • for the territory: stay of competitors and their families (accommodation, catering, tourism) ;
      • economic and industrial opportunities for the regional sector: trade show, meetings and contacts with laboratories and universities at the forefront of their fields ;
      • image for the sector and the territory: leading position national level, particularly in areas related to "the factory of the future" ;
      • pedagogical tools for the educational, arousing and accompanying new vocations among young people especially girls, to activities and professions of the future.
      The partners of the Robocup 2020 Bordeaux bring resources, human, technical and/or financial resources needed to develop and the defense of the Bordeaux application. Join the club Bordeaux 2020 partners!

      They are with us:


      For information concerning the RoboCup Bordeaux 2020 Application:
      To participate in the RoboCup 2020 adventure:

      Register to support the RoboCup Bordeaux 2020 Application.

      Members of the committee

        Here are the members of the French RoboCup Committee:

      • Olivier Ly - Chair. Associate Professor (HDR) at Bordeaux University - LaBRI. After the Agrégation of Mathematics, Olivier Ly got its PhD from University of Bordeaux in Computer Science. Then he worked in the Schlumberger compagny for 3 years as a researcher. At this time, his research was focused on topology, language theory and security. Then he moved to Bordeaux University where he founded the Rhoban team, focused on embedded systems and robotics. He has been involved into several projects (national and european), he supervised 7 PhD thesis. He participates to RoboCup since 2011. He created and lead the team Rhoban, which has won the kid-size league two times (2016 and 2017), and got the Best humanoid price (2017). Let us mention that members of Rhoban are involved in the organisation of humanoid league: Agnès Passault in the organisation committee 2016, and Ludovic Hofer in the technical committee since 2017. Grégoire Passault and he organised the 5th International School for Humanoid Soccer Robots in Bordeaux in december 2017. He is one of the founding members of the FFROB.

      • Pierre Blazevic. Pierre BLAZEVIC entered the Ecole Normale Paris-Saclay (ENSET) in 1982 and passed the agrégation of applied physics in 1985. He received his master degree in robotics (DEA) from University Pierre & Marie Curie (UPMC) with « automatisation of a MIKE spectrometer ». In 1991 is received his PhD in Robotics from University Paris Pierre & Marie Curie (UPMC) with «Design of an integrated actuator » in the LRP, laboratoire de Robotique de Paris. In 2000 he passed the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches in University of Versailles. He is professor in University of Versailles since 2000 where he is the dean of the school of engineering since 2009. He participated in the RoboCup competition for more than 10 years with AIBO Robots from Sony and Nao Robots from Aldebaran. His team « les 3 mousquetaires » won the Standard league competition in Stockholm in 1999 with AIBO robots. His reseach is mainly related to locomotion and control of mobile robots. He supervised several PhD thesis covering 6 legged, 4 legged, humanoïd and snakes robots. He is now part of the INSERM-UVSQ Endicap laboratory where his current work are related to gait analysis and assistive device design located in Garches Hospital. He is the president of the Stephane Brunel. Stéphane Brunel PhD is associate professor at Bordeaux University. Specialized in knowledge management and digital using in learning. Primodial interest in pedagogical and didactical robotic system. President of Unformal Education League (30 000 members) in Gironde Dept of France. He has founded and managed the high school RoboTek competition from 2000 to 2010. He is in charge of developing the RoboCup Junior in the FFROB.
      • Cédric Buche. Cédric BUCHE is Associate Professor (HDR) at the National Engineering School of Brest, member of the IHSEV team of the LAB-STICC Labs UMR 6285 - CNRS. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Virtual Reality (IJVR). He works on adaptable behaviours for virtual entities. He is involved in the RoboCane team for several years.
      • Dominique Duhaut. Dominique Duhaut received his PhD degree in computer science from the University Paris 6 in 1982 on « The study of complexity of recursive function under the definition of Trahtenbrot».In 1996, he was participating to the definition of the RoboCup movement that he organised in Paris in 1998. He has been trustee from 1997 to 2002. At that time his research was focused on multi-agents programming in robotics. He moved in university of Bretagne Sud in 2000 where he became professor. His research interests are actually on self reconfigurable systems, teams of robot programming and social aspect of robots. He is also interested in science promotion for young people. He his organising competitions for schools since several years and is participating in the RoboFesta movement.
      • Sebastien Gouleau. DANE Rectorat de Bordeaux. Normalien, Agrégé of engineering sciences, Sébastien GOULEAU taught for 14 years at the University of Nantes. Inspector of academy, regional pedagogical inspector, he is since 2017 adviser of the Rector of the Academy of Bordeaux, Academic delegate to the digital. Its mission is to define the academic strategy of digital education and to monitor it in connection with the Ministry of National Education and local authorities.
      • Vincent Hugel. Vincent Hugel received the Engineering degree in computer science from the École des Mines de Nancy (1994), the degree in robotics engineering from the French Nuclear Institute of Sciences and Technologies, CEA, Saclay (1995), the Ph.D. degree in robotics from the University of Paris VI (1999), and the Robotics Research degree from the University of Versailles, Versailles (2007). Since 2014, he is Full Professor at the University of Toulon and leads the Cosmer Lab (Design of robotic systems) where he is conducting research on autonomous robots and underwater vehicles.
        From 1998 to 2005, he was involved in RoboCup in the AIBO Four-Legged League, and he was the Chairman of the league in 2005. From 2009 to 2012, he was leading the French team "Les Trois Mousquetaires" that participated in the RoboCup Standard Platform league. He also participated in the 3D Simulation league from 2013 to 2014.
      • Fabrice Jumel. Associate professor in computer science and robotic of service at the CPE Lyon Engineering School. He is at the head of the robotic of service specialty . He is member of the CHROMA Inria team of the CITI Lab (Cooperative and Human-aware Robot Navigation in Dynamic Environments). He received its Ph.D. degree from "Mines de Nancy" Engineering School and the INRIA (TRIO team) in 2003. His dissertation was about "Quality of Service of control systems". His researches focus on robotics and more precisely on social navigation and fleet of robots. He is involved in Robocup since 2013. He is member of the Organisation Committee and the Technical Commitee of the Robocup@home league.
      • Rochdi Merzouki. Rochdi Merzouki is a Professor in Robotics and Mechatronics, at CRIStAL UMR-CNRS 9189 from University of Lille1. He received the Ph.D. degree in Autonomous Robotics from the University of Versailles, France, in 2002. He is the head of International Master in Robotics and Transport, joint program between Polytech Lille and Ecole Centrale de Lille, He is the contact point of regional AIP-Primeca network of Robotics in Polytech’Lille. He was project manager of EU project Intelligent Transportation for Dynamic Environment (InTraDE), His main research interests’ concern system of systems engineering, modeling and supervision of mechatronics systems applied to autonomous robotics. He is authors of papers in journals, conferences, patents and books. He is a senior member in IEEE and active participant with PyroTeam to RoboCup Logistics League from 2013.
      • Sylvie Pesty. Sylvie Pesty is full-time Professor at University of Grenoble-Alps. She received her Engineering degree and Ph.D. degree from UTC (University of Technology of Compiegne) and her accreditation to Direct Research (HDR) in Computer Science from Grenoble INP. She is currently a researcher at the LIG laboratory (Grenoble Informatics Laboratory) and Assistant Director of the IUT2 (University Institute of Technology 2). She conducts her research in the fields of Multi-Agent Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Affective Computing. Her expertise is particularly linked to cognitive architectures and to social and affective Human-Robot Interaction and Human-Virtual Character Interaction.
      • Olivier Simonin. Olivier Simonin is full Professor at INSA de Lyon, University of Lyon, France, since 2013. He is a member of the CITI-Inria Lab and the head of the INRIA Chroma team (Cooperative and Human-aware Robot Navigation in Dynamic Environments). He received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD in Computer Science in 1995, 1997 and 2001 respectively, from Université Montpellier II (LIRMM Laboratory), France. From 2002 to 2006 he was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at UTBM "Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbeliard" (France). In 2006, he joined the LORIA Laboratory in Nancy as a member of the INRIA team MAIA (Autonomous and Intelligent Machines) and, in 2007, became Associate Professor at Université Nancy 1. In 2010, he completed his habilitation (HDR), and in 2013 moved to Lyon as Professor. His main research topics are autonomous decision making, robotics navigation and cooperation, multi-agent systems and self-organized systems. His main application domains are service robotics, autonomous cars and intelligent transports. Since 2002, he has published 12 articles in international journals and books and about 35 international conference long papers (ICRA, IROS, AAMAS, IJCAI, ECAI, etc.). He has co-supervized 10 PhD students and he was the initiator of three european PHC project with Czech Rep., Slovenia and Romania. In 2012 he has won the French ANR Robotics challenge "Carotte" as a member of the "Cartomatic" team and coordinator of the Maia partner.