Rescue Simulation Virtual Robot Competition

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Competition Overview

The Virtual Robot Competition is part of RoboCup Rescue Simulation League.

Montreal 2018

The 2018 competition will be held in Montreal, Canada.

Important dates:

*  team pre-registration: originally January 15, 2018 (see below for instructions).
*  qualification material deadline: March 15, 2018 (see below for instructions).
*  team qualification notification: March 30, 2018.
*  team setup: June 16-17, 2018.
*  competition: June 16 - June 22, 2018.
*  RoboCup symposium: June 22, 2018. 


Technical Committee:
Shimizu Masaru (Chukyo University), Fatemeh Pahlevan Aghababa (Sharif University of Technology)

Organizing Committee:
Shimizu Masaru (Chukyo University), Fatemeh Pahlevan Aghababa (Sharif University of Technology), Francesco Amigoni (Politecnico di Milano), Amirreza Kabiri (Amirkabir University of Technology)

Software

For the moment you can use the robot model and field models used in RoboCup World Champion Ship 2017 Rescue Simulation Virtual Robot League (RC2017RVRL).

Rules

The rules for the RoboCup 2018 Virtual Robot Competition will be based on the previous version 1.0 - April 19, 2017. With respect to rules adopted in 2017, we expect to extend the list of allowed sensors and platforms and to include the introduction of a ROS node for realistically simulating communication between robots.

Call for Participation

We would like to invite all robot rescue teams to participate in the 2018 RoboCup Rescue Simulation League World Championship. The Virtual Robot Competition has been largely renewed since 2016, both in terms of the simulation environment, with the transition from an Unreal-based environment to a ROS/Gazebo based environment, and in terms of challenges and rules. If you are interested to participate please take the time to pre-register your team for the RoboCup 2018 Virtual Robot Competition as soon as possible, so that we can inform you about the latest developments.


1) RoboCup Rescue Simulation League and Virtual Robot Competition

The RoboCup Rescue Simulation League is a socially relevant part of RoboCup event. Its main purpose is to provide emergency decision support by integration of disaster information, prediction, planning, and human interface.

A generic urban disaster simulation environment is constructed on network computers. Heterogeneous intelligent agents such as firefighters, commanders, victims, volunteers, etc. conduct search and rescue activities in this virtual disaster world. Agents can sense their environment and make decisions on the basis of the perceived data. Mission-critical human interfaces support disaster managers, disaster relief brigades, residents, and volunteers to decide their actions to minimize the disaster damage.

Addressing this problem involves advanced and interdisciplinary research themes. As AI/robotics research, for example, behavior strategy (e.g., multi-agent planning, real-time/anytime planning, heterogeneity of agents, robust planning, mixed-initiative planning) is a challenging problem. For disaster researchers, RoboCup Rescue works as a standard basis in order to develop practical comprehensive simulators adding necessary disaster modules.

Since 2016, the Virtual Robot Competition is based on ROS/Gazebo, an advanced robot simulator in which users can simulate multiple agents whose capabilities closely mirror those of real robots. ROS/Gazebo currently features several ground and air robots, as well as a wide range of sensors and actuators. Moreover, exploiting ROS, users can easily develop their robot systems integrating standard modules.

For more information:

- RoboCup Rescue Simulation League

- Tutorials and links to repositories for the simulation environment

- A demo

- Simulated worlds from previous competitions

- Document describing the transition to the new simulator


2) Pre-registration

If you are interested to participate in the competition, please send, before January 15, 2018, an email to reyhanehpahlevan@ce.sharif.edu with as attachment the following form filled in: http://ce.sharif.edu/~reyhanehpahlevan/Robocup/IntentVirtual2018.txt.


3) Qualification material

Besides sending the intention of participation, please prepare before March 15, 2018, a Team Description Paper describing the most innovative contributions or scientific results your team is intended to provide. The TDP is limited to 8 pages and must be formatted according to the LNCS format: http://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines

The Team Description Paper is an overview of the methodologies you use or intend to use to control your robots inside the Virtual Robot Competition. If applicable, include a reference to your latest publications. The qualification material should be placed on a dedicated web page on the team's home page. Please include the link to the qualification material on the intention of participation information.

History

Nagoya 2017

The 2017 competition will be held in Nagoya, Japan.

Technical Committee:
Francesco Amigoni (Politecnico di Milano), Shimizu Masaru (Chukyo University), Fatemeh Pahlevan Aghababa (Sharif University of Technology)

Organizing Committee:
Shimizu Masaru (Chukyo University), Fatemeh Pahlevan Aghababa (Sharif University of Technology)

Rules

The current version of the rules for the RoboCup 2017 Virtual Robot Competition is version 1.0 - April 19, 2017.

Qualified teams

The following teams have qualified (in no particular order):

  • Chukyo Rescue A (Japan) - (PDF)
  • Chukyo Rescue B (Japan) - (PDF)
  • Echoic (Iran) - (PDF)
  • MRL (Iran) - (PDF)
  • SOS VR (Iran) - (PDF)
  • Yildiz (Turkey) - (PDF)

The following content is a copy of the page maintained at http://www.robocuprescue.org/, a site which is unfortunately no longer available for the community.

Leipzig 2016

The 2016 competition is being held in Leipzig, Germany.

The Virtual Robot Competition will be largely renewed (also as outcome of The Future of Robot Rescue Simulation Workshop to be held from February 29 to March 4, 2016, in Leiden, Netherlands) both in terms of simulation environment, with the transition from the current Unreal-based environment (which has been used in the previous years) to a ROS/Gazebo based environment, and in terms of challenges and rules.

Important dates:

*  team pre-registration: originally January 31, 2016, extended to March 30, 2016 (see below for instructions).
*  qualification material deadline: March 30, 2016 (see below for instructions).
*  team qualification notification: April 5, 2016.
*  team setup: June 28-29, 2016.
*   competition: June 30 - July 3, 2016.
*   RoboCup symposium: July 4, 2016. 

Technical Committee:
Francesco Amigoni (Politecnico di Milano), Shimizu Masaru (Chukyo University), Sanaz Taleghani (Qazvin Azad University)

Organizing Committee:
Francesco Amigoni (Politecnico di Milano), Shimizu Masaru (Chukyo University), Sanaz Taleghani (Qazvin Azad University)

Rules

The current version of the rules for the RoboCup 2016 Virtual Robot Competition is version 1.5 - March 8, 2016. The rules are the output of The Future of Robot Rescue Simulation Workshop. The participating teams are encouraged to be engaged in the discussion, even when they were not present at the workshop.

Call for Participation

We would like to invite all robot rescue teams to participate in the 2016 RoboCup Rescue Simulation League World Championship. If you are interested to participate please take the time to pre-register your team for the RoboCup 2016 Virtual Robot Competition as soon as possible, so that we can inform you about the latest developments.

1) RoboCup Rescue Simulation League and Virtual Robot Competition

The RoboCup Rescue Simulation League is a socially relevant part of RoboCup event. Its main purpose is to provide emergency decision support by integration of disaster information, prediction, planning, and human interface.

A generic urban disaster simulation environment is constructed on network computers. Heterogeneous intelligent agents such as fire fighters, commanders, victims, volunteers, etc. conduct search and rescue activities in this virtual disaster world. Real-world interfaces such as helicopter images synchronize the virtuality and the reality by sensing data. Mission-critical human interfaces such as PDAs support disaster managers, disaster relief brigades, residents, and volunteers to decide their action to minimize the disaster damage.

Addressing this problem involves advanced and interdisciplinary research themes. As AI/robotics research, for example, behavior strategy (e.g., multi-agent planning, realtime/anytime planning, heterogeneity of agents, robust planning, mixed-initiative planning) is a challenging problem. For disaster researchers, RoboCup Rescue works as a standard basis in order to develop practical comprehensive simulators adding necessary disaster modules.

The next version of the Virtual Robot Competition is based on ROS/Gazebo, an advanced robot simulator in which users can simulate multiple agents whose capabilities closely mirror those of real robots. ROS/Gazebo currently features several ground and air robots, as well as a wide range of sensors and actuators. Moreover, exploiting ROS, users can easily develop their robot systems integrating standard modules. Note that the 2016 Virtual Robot Competition will be based on the new simulator and on the rules that will be available just after The Future of Robot Rescue Simulation Workshop. A document describing the architecture of the new simulator is available here, while part of the code is available here.

2) Pre-registration

For the pre-registration please send before an email to francesco.amigoni@polimi.it with as attachment the following form filled in: http://www.robocuprescue.org/wiki/images/IntentVirtual2016.txt

3) Qualification material

Please prepare before March 30, 2016, a Team Description Paper describing the most innovative contributions or scientific results your team is intended to provide. The TDP is limited to 8 pages and must be formatted according to the LNCS format.

The Team Description Paper is an overview of the methodologies you used and intend to use to control your robots inside the Virtual Robot Competition. If applicable, include a reference to your latest publications. Given the reduced time between the end of The Future of Robot Rescue Simulation Workshop and the deadline for qualification material, the qualification material should reflect the team ideas and intentions rather than being a technically detailed document.

The qualification material should be placed on a dedicated web page on the team's home page. Please include the link to the qualification material on the pre-registration information.

Pre-registered teams

The following teams have preregistered until now (in no particular order):

  • GUC_ArtSapience - German University in Cairo, Egypt (homepage)
       Dina Helal et al. 
  • Hinomiyagura - Meijo University and Chukyo University, Japan (homepage)
       Masaru Shimizu et al. 
  • Yildiz - Yildiz Technical University, Turkey (homepage)
       Sırma Yavuz et al. 
  • UNIGE PMAR LAB - University of Genoa, Italy
       Jesus Hiram Lugo Calles et al. 
  • MRubix - Mecarobix Industrial Group, Iran (homepage)
       Seyed Mohammad Mavaei et al. 
  • MRL - Qazvin Azad University, Iran (homepage)
       Mohammad Hossein Shayesteh et al. 


Previous competitions

See the archive of http://www.robocuprescue.org/.