(Concept image of SIGVerse)

What is SIGVerse

Understanding the mechanism of intelligence in human beings and animals is one of the most important approaches to developing intelligent robot systems. Since the mechanisms of such real-life intelligent systems are so complex, such as the physical interactions between agents and their environment and the social interactions between agents, comprehension and knowledge in many peripheral fields such as cognitive science, developmental psychology, brain science, evolutionary biology, and robotics. Discussions from an interdisciplinary aspect are very important for implementing this approach, but such collaborative research is time-consuming and labor-intensive, and it is difficult to obtain fruitful results from such research because the basis of experiments is very different in each research field. In the social science field, for example, several multi-agent simulation systems have been proposed for modeling factors such as social interactions and language evolution, whereas robotics researchers often use dynamics and sensor simulators. However, there is no integrated system that uses both physical simulations and social communication simulations.

Therefore, we have been developing a simulator environment called SIGVerse, which is a simulator that combines dynamics, perception, and communication simulations for synthetic approaches to research into the genesis of social intelligence. In this paper, we introduce SIGVerse, its example application and perspectives.

What is SocioIntelliGenesis?

This keyword is innovated by Special Interest Group for SocioIntelliGenesis. We focus on a synthetic research on elucidation of genesis of social intelligence -- physical interaction between body and environment, social interaction between agents and role of evolution and so on --, with aiming to understand intelligence of humans and robots. For such an approach, we have set interdisciplinal discussions with wide viewpoint for various research field such as cognitive science, developmental psycology, brain science, evolutionary biology and robotics.

Detail information is available from

How to use?

You can download and install the software from

Please refer Tutorial for concrete usage.

How to ask questions

Please send your request to Tetsunari Inamura at National Institute of Informatics.

Every one can join and ask question through SIGVerse Users Group ML. Please join from here

We have also Facebook Users Group page. If you want, please send request from

Who develops this system?

P.I. of this project is Dr.Tetsunari Inamura @ National Institute of Informatics. This project is supported by so many collaborators such as SocioIntelliGenesis group.

If you have a request for collaborative research project, please contact Dr. Tetsunari Inamura



  • 2016-12-19 The latest SIGVerse system has been updated. You can download SIGServer v2.3.6 and SIGViewer v2.3.3.
  • 2016-10-11 Dr. Inamura made a keynote talk about the SIGVerse project at IROS2016
  • 2016-05-27 We will make a demonstration at NII OpenHouse 2016
  • 2016-03-27: RoboCup@Home Simulation was held in RoboCup Japan Open 2016
  • 2016-03-17: SIGVerse version 2.3.5 has been released. See SIGServer v2.3.5?
  • 2015-12-24: SIGVerse version 2.3.2 has been released. See v2.3.2
  • 2015-06-25: SIGVerse version 2.3.1 has been released. See v2.3.1
  • 2015-05-02: RoboCup@Home Simulation was held in RoboCup Japan Open 2015
  • 2015-04-23: SIGVerse version 2.3.0 has been released. See v2.3.0
  • 2014-04-27: Sourceforge for the SIGVerse has been opened.
  • 2014-03-05: The latest demonstration at ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction was held. The demonstration was invited by the conference.
  • 2014-01-14 The latest SIGVerse server SIGServer-2.2.2 has been released.

Future Plan

  • 2017 May: RoboCup@Home Simulation in RoboCup Japan Open 2017
  • 2017 June: RoboCup@Home Simulation in RoboCup Nagoya

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