Since 2002, Louis Vuitton has sponsored the “Louis Vuitton Humanoid Cup” for RoboCup, an international research and educational initiative for artificial intelligence and robotics with a focus on soccer-playing robots. The Humanoid League was added to the RoboCupSoccer event in 2002. Louis Vuitton has created a championship trophy for this program in order to, by aiming to promote development of robots capable of competing against a human team by the year 2050, encourage technological innovation.
The “Louis Vuitton Humanoid Cup” to be presented to the champion team of the Humanoid League is a crystal globe crafted by Baccarat, the world’s leading crystal maker, presented in a custom-made Louis Vuitton Monogram canvas hard case with a red lining. The award winning team is entitled to hold the Cup for a year until the next winner shall be determined at the following RoboCup World Championship event. The Cup itself will carry around to the subsequent winning teams until 2050.
|2014 (João Pessoa)||CIT Brains KidSize, Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan||robot Dynamo Accelite|
|2013 (Eindhoven)||JoiTech AdultSize, Osaka Univ./Osaka Inst. of Tech., Japan||robot Tichno-RN|
|2012 (Mexico City)||NimbRo TeenSize, University of Bonn, Germany||robot Dynaped|
|2011 (Istanbul)||Team CHARLI, Virginia Tech, USA||robot CHARLI|
|2010 (Singapore)||NimbRo TeenSize, University of Bonn, Germany||robot Dynaped|
|2009 (Graz)||Darmstadt Dribblers, TU Darmstadt, Germany||robot Bruno|
|2008 (Suzhou)||Team Osaka, Vstone Co. Ltd., Japan||robot Vstone TichonoR|
|2007 (Atlanta)||Team Osaka, Vstone Co. Ltd., Japan||robot VisiON 4G|
|2006 (Bremen)||Team Osaka, Osaka University & Osaka Companies, Japan||robot VisiON TRYZ|
|2005 (Osaka)||Team Osaka, Osaka University & Osaka Companies, Japan||robot VisiON NEXTA|
|2004 (Lisbon)||Team Osaka, Osaka University & Osaka Companies, Japan||robot VisiON|
|2003 (Padua)||HITS Dream, Honda International Technical School, Japan||robot FirStep|
|2002 (Fukuoka/Busan)||Gifu Industries’ Association, Japan||robot Nagara|