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João Pessoa 2014

The 2014 competition is being held in João Pessoa, Brasil.

Important dates:

  • team pre-registration: February 5th , 2014.
  • symposium submission : April 11th, 2014.
  • qualification material deadline: February 28th, 2014.
  • team qualification notification: March 5th, 2014.
  • team setup: July 19th, 2014.
  • demonstrations & competition: July 20-24th, 2014.
  • RoboCup symposium: July 25th 2014.

Qualified teams

The Technical Committee has qualified the following teams. The qualification was based on the following team description papers, which have been reviewed and will be published on the RoboCup competition proceedings.

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  • Hinomiyagura - Meijo University, Japan (homepage) (TDP)
Tomoichi Takahashi et al
  • Yildiz - Yildiz Technical University, Turkey (homepage) (TDP)
Sırma Yavuz et al
  • Amsterdam Oxford Joint Rescue Forces, The Netherlands and The United Kingdom (homepage)(TDP)
Arnoud Visser and Victor Spirin
  • Sina - Sina Artificial Intelligence Company, Incubation Center for Medical Equipments and Devices (ICMED), Tehran, Iran (homepage)(TDP)
Simin Vahidi et al
Sanaz Taleghani et al
  • eROBOTICAVR - Universidade Federal de Campina Grandem Paraíba, Brasil (homepage) (TDP)
Antonio Marcus Nogueira Lima et al
  • Kaveh - Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran (TDP)
Majid Yasari et al

Preview

See the Youtube videos of the capabilities of the control interface as submitted by some teams.

Rules

The latest version of the rules for João Pessoa 2014 (Version 1.4, July, 2014) is available here. This year's rules are based on those of the previous competition. Since last year Virtual Robots have started its journey towards a more autonomous competition through the hands-off periods. Also by means of the new scoring tool (developed by Amir.H.Abdi and M.Shirzadi) a new scoring system have been proposed which takes into account the total area ratio explored by each team. The goal of the rescue mission remains unchanged; have the robots find the victims and stay with them.

Results

This year the competition consists of 5 runs, 3 of which are Preliminary and the other 2 are Final runs. As the rules stated each map was assigned an alpha value based on it's difficulty. The alpha values of the maps were assigned as followed:

  • Preliminary1 = 0.5
  • Preliminary1 = 0.7
  • Preliminary3 = 0.7

All the maps can be downloaded through the USARSim git [git://git.code.sf.net/p/usarsim/code repository].

Preliminary Scores

Preliminary1

The map of Preliminary1 was simple, indoor with no difficulty in wireless communication (3 P3ATs, noop WSS mode).

Team Detected Victims Explored Area Score
MRL 1 57 out of 85 15
Yildiz 0 62 out of 85 11
AOJRF 1 6 out of 85 6
eROBOTICAVR failure failure 0
Hinomiyagura failure failure 0

Preliminary2

The map of Preliminary2 was large, outdoor, with no difficulty in wireless communication (3 P3ATs, 1 Kenaf, 2 AirRobots, noop WSS mode).

Team Detected Victims Time Score
MRL 3 20 minutes 21
Yildiz 3 20 minutes 21
AOJRF 0 20 minutes 0
eROBOTICAVR failure failure 0
Hinomiyagura failure failure 0

Preliminary3

The map of Preliminary3 was outdoor, with limited wireless communication (2 P3ATs, 2 Kenafs, 2 AirRobots, obstacle WSS mode).

Team Detected Victims Time Score
Yildiz 4 20 minutes 28
MRL 3 20 minutes 21
AOJRF 0 20 minutes 0
eROBOTICAVR failure failure 0
Hinomiyagura failure failure 0

Standings after Preliminary Runs

Team Preliminary1 Preliminary2 Preliminary3 Total
Yildiz 11 21 28 60
MRL 15 21 21 57
AOJRF 6 0 0 6
eROBOTICAVR 0 0 0 0
Hinomiyagura 0 0 0 0

Based on these results, Yildiz and MRL go to the final runs.


Call for Participation

We would like to invite all robot rescue teams to participate in the 2014 RoboCup Rescue Simulation League World Championship. If you are interested to participate please take the time to pre-register your team for the RoboCup 2014 Virtual Robot competition.

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 Virtual Robot competition is based on USARSim, a high fidelity simulator. Within USARSim users can simulate multiple agents whose capabilities closely mirror those of real robots. USARSim currently features wheeled, tracked, and air robots, as well as a wide range of sensors and actuators. Moreover, users can easily develop models of new robotic platforms, sensors, and test environments.

2) Pre-registration


For the pre-registration please send before February 5 an email to A.Visser@uva.nl with as attachment the following form filled in:

http://home.deib.polimi.it/amigoni/IntentVirtual2014.txt

Eindhoven 2013

The 2013 competition is being held in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Important dates:

  • team pre-registration: February 5th , 2013.
  • symposium submission : March 1th, 2013.
  • qualification material deadline: February 28th, 2013.
  • team qualification notification: March 5th, 2013.
  • team setup: June 24th-June 25th, 2013.
  • competition: June 26th-June 30th, 2013.
  • RoboCup symposium: July 1th 2013.

Local Organizing Chair:
Moritz Göbelbecker (University of Freiburg)

Technical Committee and Organizing Committee:
Sanaz Taleghani (Qazvin Azad University), Amir.H.Abdi (Sharif University of Technology), Behzad Tabibian (University of Pittsburgh)

Competition Poster

The progress achieved in 2013 was summarized on the following poster:

Eindhoven 2013 competition poster
Eindhoven 2013 competition poster

Qualified Teams

The Technical Committee has qualified the following teams:

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  • Hinomiyagura - Meijo University, Japan (homepage)(TDP)
Tomoichi Takahashi et al
  • PoAReT - Politecnico di Milano, Italy (homepage) (TDP)
Francesco Amigoni et al
  • Yildiz - Yildiz Technical University, Turkey (homepage)(TDP)
Sırma Yavuz et al
Mohammad Hossein Shayesteh et al

Pre-registered teams

The following teams have preregistered

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  • Hinomiyagura - Meijo University, Japan (homepage)(TDP)
Tomoichi Takahashi et al
  • PoAReT - Politecnico di Milano, Italy (homepage) (TDP)
Francesco Amigoni et al
  • Yildiz - Yildiz Technical University, Turkey (homepage)(TDP)
Sırma Yavuz et al
Mohammad Hossein Shayesteh et al
  • Kavosh - Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran
Majid Yasari et al
  • SEU Jolly - South-East University, Nanjing, China
Lingjiao Chen et al

Rules

The version of the rules (version 2.0, April, 2013) for Eindhoven is available here. This year's rules are based on those of the previous competition. The goal of the rescue mission remains unchanged; have the robots find the victims and stay with them. However, this year the performance metrics is also based on the Explored Area. In addition, this year the communication strategy and the handoff period will be more prominent part of the competition.

Results

This year the competition consisted of 5 runs for each team, 3 of which were Preliminary and the other 2 were Final runs. As the rules stated each map was assigned an alpha value based on it's difficulty. The alpha values of the 5 maps were assigned as followed:

  • Preliminary1 = 0.5
  • Preliminary2 = 1.2
  • Preliminary3 = 1.0
  • Final1 = 2.0
  • Final2 = 2.0

All the participating teams had the chance to gain score in all 5 maps, and the team with the highest score in all 5 maps would win this year's trophy. The Technical Committee decided to go with 2 different scoring formulas for different maps. The details of these formulas and their parameters are explained in the rules by detail. All the maps can be downloaded through the USARSim git [git://git.code.sf.net/p/usarsim/code repository].

Preliminary Scores

Preliminary1

The map of Preliminary1 was simple, indoor with no difficulty in wireless communication.

Team Detected Victims Time Score
MRL 4 5:42 37.88
Yildiz Failue Failue Failue
PoAReT 4 13:19 28.35
Hinomiyagura 1 20 5

Preliminary2

This map was also indoor, a bit larger and with some difficulty in wireless communication in distance aspect.

Team Detected Victims Explored Area Ratio Score
MRL 3 58/65 68.12
Yildiz 4 35/65 67.38
PoAReT 1 7/65 15.88
Hinomiyagura 1 17/65 21.42

Preliminary3

This map was in fact a huge outdoor map of 1KmX500m, having victims distributed all over the map it was pretty difficult in nature. Therefore the WSS was initiated in Noop Propagation mode not to worry the teams about their communication with the robots in such enormous environment.

Team Detected Victims Time Score
MRL 3 20:00 30
Yildiz 1 20:00 10
PoAReT 3 20:00 30
Hinomiyagura 0 0 0

Final Scores

Final1

With an indoor map of 45X45 meters and the attenuation of signal by obstacles, the difficult structure of this map didn't leave the teams much chance for gaining big scores.

Team Detected Victims Explored Area Ratio Score
MRL 4 47/60 174
Yildiz 2 34/60 108
PoAReT 4 20/60 60
Hinomiyagura 0 0 0

Final2

Although this map was larger than the previous one, the victims were more reachable. All teams had an outstanding performance and brought our league to an exquisite end.

Team Detected Victims Explored Area Ratio Score
MRL 4 15/40 142.5
Yildiz 5 23/40 180.5
PoAReT 2 13/40 85.5
Hinomiyagura 0 3/40 10.5

Total Scores and Final Standings

The sum of all the scores in the 5 maps is as followed:

Rank Team Total Score Source code
1 MRL 442.5 on site
2 Yildiz 365.5
3 PoAReT 219.73
4 Hinomiyagura 36.92

Iranopen 2013

The Iranopen 2013 was held in Tehran, Iran.

Important dates:

  • TDP Submission: December 05, 2012 - February 18, 2013
  • Qualification: February 03 - February 28, 2013
  • Registration: February 03 - March 18, 2013
  • Teams Setup: April 03 - 04, 2013
  • Competitions: April 05 - 07, 2013

Technical Committee and Organizing Committee:
Amir.H.Abdi (Sharif University of Technology), Sanaz Taleghani (Qazvin Azad University), Mohammad Shirzadi, Mohsen AkbariTabar

Qualified Teams

The Technical Committee has qualified the following teams:

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  • Yildiz - Yildiz Technical University, Turkey (homepage)(TDP)
Sırma Yavuz et al
Mohammad Hossein Shayesteh et al
  • Koroush - Elmosanaat University
M. Fatih Amasyalı

Rules

The final version of the rules (version 1.2, March, 2013) is available here.

Results

The competition was held in 3 rounds and the winner was selected by the overall score in all rounds.

Final results

The maps will be available in usarsim git [git://git.code.sf.net/p/usarsim/code repository].

Rank Team Round1 Round2 Round3 Total
1 Yildiz 26 56.3 30.8 113.1 (8 victims in total)
2 MRL 10 52.2 9.4 71.6 (5 victims in total)
3 Koroush 0 0 0 0

DARPA Robotics Challenge

The USA Ministry of Defense has announced the DARPA Robotic Challenge. This challenge consists of three events; one of them the Virtual Disaster Challenge, which will take place in June 2013.

Important dates:

  • team pre-registration (12 funded teams): May 31, 2012.
  • team pre-registration (100 non-funded teams): December 18, 2012.
  • team qualification (May 1, 2013 – May 15, 2013)
  • practice days (May 28, 2013 – June 7, 2013)
  • competition (June 10, 2013 – June 24, 2013)

The challenge will consist of the following events for the virtual robot:

  • The robot drives a utility vehicle at the site
  • The robot leaves the vehicle and travels through the rubble
  • The robot removes debris blocking an entryway.
  • The robot opens a door and enters the building
  • The robot climbs a ladder and traverses a walkway
  • The robot uses a tool to break through a panel
  • The robot locates and closes a valve of a pipe
  • The robot replaces a component of a pump

As can be seen, this scenario concentrates far more on manipulation than the RoboCup scenario. The platform for this competition will be the Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) platform, which will resemble the Boston Dynamics Inc's PETMAN / Atlas robot. The Open Source Robotics Foundation will provide a simulator, initially based on the ROS Gazebo simulator. DARPA will provide a cloud service, which will allow each of the 100 non-funded teams to perform the simulation remotely.

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The GFE platform which will be build based on the Atlas platform (Courtesy Boston Dynamics) and the GFE platform, simulated in the Gazebo environment (Courtesy Open Source Robotics Foundation)


Qualification

The qualification task will be a demonstration of basic robot functionality, such as walking in a straight line.

Rules

DARPA has published the following rules document (DRAFT Version 17 on November 21, 2012 on last visit), which specifies that the challenge in simulation will consist of three tasks:

  • Climb into a utility vehicle, drive along a roadway at no greater than 16 kph (10 mph), and climb out of the utility vehicle.
  • Walk across progressively more difficult terrain, for example, progressing from parking lot to short grass to tall grass to tall grass on slope to ditch to rock field. In the earlier terrain, the GFE Platform balancing and walking behaviors will suffice. In the later terrain, DARPA expects perception and footstep planning will be needed.
  • Connect hose to spigot. This is purely a manipulation task, that is, the robot starts with everything within reach and so does not need to travel to the work site.

Each task will be performed five times, each time with a slightly different configuration. The score of the four best runs are summed.

More information

The information presented here is a short summary of the information found on the Robotics Challenge website. More technical details can be found in the Technical Guide (last accessed: DRAFT Version 2 on November 21, 2012).

Mexico 2012

The 2012 competition is being held in Mexico City.

Important dates:

  • team pre-registration: February 15, 2012.
  • symposium submission : March 2, 2012.
  • qualification material deadline: March 15, 2012.
  • team qualification notification: April 1, 2012.
  • early team registration: April 30, 2012.
  • regular team registration: May 31, 2012.
  • late teammember registration: June 23, 2012.
  • team setup: June 18-19, 2012
  • competition: June 20 - June 23 2012.
  • RoboCup symposium: June 24 2012.
Participants of Mexico 2012 competition
Participants of Mexico 2012 competition

Competition Poster

The progress achieved in 2012 was summarized on the following poster:

Mexico 2012 competition poster
Mexico 2012 competition poster

Results

The victims found by each team are published on the official RoboCup 2012 website.

Preliminary results

For the preliminaries 3 maps with resp. 4, 6 and 4 victims were created. The maps are available via svn on sourceforge.

Rank Team Day1 Day2 Day3 Total
1 PoAReT 72 75 12.5 159.5 (11 victims in 41 minutes)
2 MRL 37.5 57.5 25.0 120.0 (11 victims in 57 minutes)
3 Yildiz 37.5 52.5 25.0 115.0 (11 victims in 59 minutes)
4 Kaveh 12.5 16.66 0 29.16 (3 victims in 60 minutes)

Final results

For the finals 2 maps with resp. 8 and 5 victims were created. The maps will be available via svn on sourceforge.

Rank Team Day1 Day2 Total
1 Yildiz 43.75 69 112.75 (12 victims in 33 minutes)
2 PoAReT 55 40 95.0 (12 victims in 38 minuten)
3 MRL 43.75 40 83.75 (11 victims in 40 minutes)
4 Kaveh 0 30 30 (4 victims in 40 minutes)

Overall results

At the first teammeeting was decided to combine the two runs, but to count the finals double.

Rank Team Preliminary Finals Total Source code
1 PoAReT 159.5 190 349.5 (23 victims in 74 minutes) on sourceforge
2 Yildiz 115.0 225.5 338.25 (23 victims in 85 minutes)
3 MRL 120.0 167.5 287.5 (22 victims in 99 minutes)
4 Kaveh 29.16 60 89.16 (7 victims in 100 minutes)

Schedule

The page about the competition, including a detailed schedule, can be found here.

June 18 - Team setup

June 19 - Practice Day

The map had 6 victims. The threshold for victim detection was set on 2 m.

June 20 - Prelimenary 1

The map had 4 victims. The threshold for victim detection was set on 2 m.

June 21 – Preliminary 2

The map had 6 victims. The threshold for victim detection was set on 2 m.

June 22 – Preliminary 3.

The map had multiple floors and 4 victims. The threshold for victim detection was set on 2 m.

June 23 – Final.

The semi-final map had 8 victims. : The final map had corridors with a variance in width and height, some doorsteps and 5 victims. The threshold for victim detection was set on 2 m.

June 24 - Symposium.

Note that several packages of the UDKGame were modified to prevent error-messages on these maps (the first three are not included in the git-repository to prevent version problems):

The file Envy_Effects.upk should be installed in 'UDKGame\Content\UT3\Effects'
The file Envy_Effects2.upk should be installed in 'UDKGame\Content\UT3\Effects'
The file HU_Deck.upk should be installed in 'UDKGame\Content\UT3\Environments'
The file WCObjectPkg.upk should be installed in 'USARGame\Content\USARPhysObj'
The file Office.upk should be installed in 'USARGame\Content\Environments'
The file OfficeMeshes.upk should be installed in 'USARGame\Content\Environments'

Rules

The initial version of the rules (version 1.0, January 12, 2012) for Mexico is available here. This year's rules are based on those of the previous competition. The goal of the rescue mission remains unchanged; have the robots find the victims and stay with them. However, a small change has been made; there is no guarantee that victims remain where the robot found them. Fortunately a number of new robot models will come to your rescue, such as the AirRobot and the Nao.

Participating teams

The Technical Committee has qualified the following teams. The qualification process consisted of a pre-registration (by filling in this form, as done by the following teams), followed by submitting a team description paper. This team description paper has been reviewed and published on the RoboCup competition proceedings. The team description papers below are presented in the order indicating the overall quality assesment given by the reviewers.

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Francesco Amigoni et al
  • Yildiz - Yildiz Technical University, Turkey (homepage)(TDP)
Sırma Yavuz et al
  • MRL - Azad University of Qazvin, Iran (homepage)(TDP)
Edris Esmaeili Aliabadi et al
  • Kaveh - Iran University of Science & Tech, Shadid Rajaee University, Iran (homepage)(TDP)
Majid Yasari et al


In addition, there was one team from this competition participating in the Infrastructure competition:


Arnoud Visser


Preview

See the Youtube videos of the capabilities of the control interface as submitted by some of the teams.

Dutch Open 2012

The Dutch National Committee will organize from April 25-29 2011 a Virtual Robot competition in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Important dates:

  • team pre-registration: February 15, 2012.
  • competition: April 25-29, 2012.

Local organizer:
Dr. Arnoud Visser (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Participants

Two teams have participated in the competition:

* Kaveh (TDP) Majid Yasari
* UvA Rescue (TDP) Arnoud Visser

Challenges

The Dutch Open competition was based on the March 2012 version of UDK. The USARSim distribution on top of UDK improved the behavior of both the camera sensor and the Kenaf robot, with respect of the Iran Open competition two weeks earlier. During the whole competition the wireless was configured with the Noop-model.

Preliminary Day 1

The map had 8 victims. The threshold for victim detection was set on 2m.

Preliminary Day 2

The map had 6 victims. The threshold for victim detection was set on 1.75 m.

Semi-Final

The indoor map had 14 victims. The threshold for victim detection was set on 1.75m.

Final

The outdoor map had 8 victims. The threshold for victim detection was set on 1.75m.

Schedule

A detailed schedule can be found here.

Iran Open 2012

The Iranian National Committee and the Azad University of Qazvin will organize from April 3-7 2012 a Virtual Robot competition in Tehran, Iran.

Important dates:

  • symposium submission : January 7, 2012.
  • team pre-registration: January 5, 2012.
  • qualification materials: February 3, 2012.
  • competition: April 3-7, 2012.

Local organizers:
Dr. Eslam Nazemi (Shahid Beheshti University), Amir.H.Abdi (Sharif University of Technology), Behzad Tabibian (University of Edinburgh)

Challenges

The Iran Open competition was based on the March 2012 version of UDK. During the whole competition the wireless was configured with the Noop-model.

Preliminary Day 1

The map had 2 victims. The threshold for victim detection was set on 2m.

Preliminary Day 2

The map had 4 victims. The threshold for victim detection was set on 2 m.

Semi-Final

The map had 7 victims (6 robots allowed). The threshold for victim detection was set on 1.5m.

Final

The map had 8 victims. The threshold for victim detection was set on 1.5m.

Istanbul 2011

The 2011 competition is being held in Istanbul.

Important dates:

  • symposium submission : February 6, 2011.
  • team pre-registration: February 15, 2011.
  • qualification material deadline: March 31, 2011 (extended).
  • team qualification notification: April 15, 2011 (extended).
  • early team registration: May 13, 2011.
  • regular team registration: June 17, 2011.
  • competition: July 5 - July 10 2011.
  • RoboCup symposium: July 11 2011.
Participants of Istanbul 2011 competition
Participants of Istanbul 2011 competition

Our Exec
Stephen Balakirsky (NIST)

The Tech committee
Arnoud Visser (Universiteit van Amsterdam) Behzad Tabibian (University Of Edinburgh), Andreas Kolling (University of Pittsburgh & Carnegie Mellon University).

Competition Poster

The progress achieved in 2011 was summarized on the following poster:

Istanbul 2011 competition poster
Istanbul 2011 competition poster

At the Infrastructure competition a presentation was given about the latest developments inside the USARSim environment. This presentation was followed by a live demonstration where the behavior of the P3AT and several new robots (like the Nao robot and AR.Drone) were shown.

Results

Preliminary results

For the preliminaries 3 maps with resp. 2,4 and 6 victims were created. The maps are availaible via svn on sourceforge.

Rank Team Day1 Day2 Day3 Total
1 MRL 25.0 25.0 8.3 58.3 (4/12 victims)
2 SBCeSaviour 25.0 0.0 8.3 33.3 (2/12 victims)
3 SEU-RedSun 0.0 0.0 25.0 25.0 (3/12 victims)
4 Pasargad 0.0 0.0 16.7 16.7 (2/12 victims)
5 AOJRF 0.0 0.0 8.3 8.3 (1/12 victims)
5 Yildiz 0.0 0.0 8.3 8.3 (1/12 victims)

Final results

For the final a large map with 8 victims was created (also available on sourceforge).

Rank Team Total
1 Pasargad 12.5 (2/8 victims)
2 SEU-RedSun 6.25 (1/8 victims)
3 MRL 0.0
3 SBCeSaviour 0.0

Schedule

The page about the competition, including a detailed schedule, can be found here.

July 5 - Team setup

July 6 - Practice Day

July 7 - Prelimenary 1

July 8 – Preliminary 2

July 9 – Preliminary 3.

July 10 – Final.

June 11 - Symposium.

Participating teams

The Technical Committee has made a selection of six qualified teams from the eight pre-registered teams. Pre-qualification was done by filling in the this form.

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  • SEU RedSun - South-East University, Nanjing, China (homepage)(TDP)
CHEN Muyuan et al
  • Amsterdam Oxford Joint Rescue Forces - University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (homepage)(TDP)(source code)
Arnoud Visser, Victor Spirin, Helen Flynn, Julian de Hoog, Stephen Cameron
  • MRL - Azad University of Qazvin, Iran (homepage)(TDP)
Edris Esmaeili Aliabadi et al
  • SBCe_Saviour - Shahid Beheshti University, Iran (homepage)(TDP)
Iman Sarrafi et al
  • Yildiz - Yildiz Technical University, Turkey (homepage)(TDP)
Sırma Yavuz et al
  • Pasargad - Amirkabir University Of Technology, Iran (homepage)(TDP)
Yaser Abbasi et al

Rules

The initial version of rules (version 1.0, January 12, 2011) for Istanbul 2011 is available here. The rules are based on the rules of the previous competition, however, several changes have been made to make the competition simpler and more attractive. The main change is there will only be a single mission (no elemental tests). The goal of mission is to bring your robots to the victims and to stay with the victim.

Iran Open 2011

The Iranian National Committee and the Azad University of Qazvin will organize from April 5-9 2011 a Virtual Robot competition in Tehran, Iran.

Important dates:

  • symposium submission : January 20, 2011.
  • team pre-registration: January 20, 2011.
  • competition: April 5-9, 2011.

The following teams will participate in the Virtual Robot competition:

  • Soshiant
  • Startup
  • Rvbv
  • Good-Bad-Ugly
  • MRL
  • SBCe_Saviour
  • Amsterdam Oxford Joint Rescue Forces
  • Kaveh
  • Pasargad_VR


Local organizers:
Dr. Eslam Nazemi (Shahid Beheshti University), Iman Sarrafi (Shahid Beheshti University), Behzad Tabibian (University of Edinburgh), Edris Esmaeili (Qazvin Azad University)

AutCup 2010

The Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST) and the Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT) will organize a Virtual Robot competition in Tehran as part of the AutCup from 19-22 October. The following teams will participate in the Virtual Robot competition:

  • MML
  • Soshiant
  • Pasargad_VR
  • Kaveh
  • Salman

Local organizers:
Majid Yasari (Iran University Of Science & Technology), Hadi Valipoor (Amirkabir University of Technology), Morteza Sabetraftar(Iran University of Science & Technology)

Note that the AutCup is an supplementary initiative of the active robotic community in Iran. The official IranOpen competition, accredited by the RoboCup federation, will be in April 2011.

Singapore 2010

The 2010 competition was being held in Singapore.

Important dates:

  • competition: June 19 - June 24 2010.
  • RoboCup symposium: June 25 2010.
Participants of Singapore 2010 competition
Participants of Singapore 2010 competition

The 2010 competition is based on the UT3 branch of UsarSim. This port is a shared effort. This effort is one of the aspects in the team qualification.

The Tech committee
Stephen Balakirsky (NIST), Behzad Tabibian (Iran University Of Science & Technology), Arnoud Visser (Universiteit van Amsterdam).

Schedule

The page about the competition, including a detailed schedule, can be found here.

June 19 - Team setup

June 20 - Test run

June 21 - Mapping Test

June 22 – TeleOperation Test

June 23 – Deployment Test and semi-finals.


A priori data for deployment test is now available. The geotif is here and the xml geo information file is here

June 24 - Finals

June 25 - Symposium

Results

Preliminary results

After the third day:

Rank Team MappingPoints TeleOperionPoints DeploymentPoints TotalPoints
1 Steel 50.0 28.1 0.0 78.1
2 MRL 11.1 50.0 0.0 61.1
3 RedSun 0.0 0.0 50.0 50.0
4 AOJRF 5.6 0.0 5.9 11.5
5 KavehGlass 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

semi-final results

Rank Team Round1 Round2 TotalPoints
1 RedSun 103.1 122.0 225.0
2 MRL 96.3 100.0 196.3
3 Steel 101.0 78.1 179.1

final results

Rank Team Round1 Round2 TotalPoints
1 RedSun 140.0 130.6 270.6
2 MRL 69.0 84.4 153.4

In the finals both teams found the same number of victims, but for instance in the second round RedSun explored 5x more area.

Participating teams

Only pre-registered teams can be qualified. Pre-qualification was done by filling in the this form.

Six teams from the nine preregistered teams have been qualified to participate in the 2010 Virtual Robots competition, based on the Team Description Papers (TDPs) and Infrastructure Contribution Plans (ICPs). The TDPs and ICPs were reviewed by the Technical Committee. The Team Description Papers will be published on the RoboCup 2010 Proceedings CD. Five teams have registered for the competition.


Edris Esmaeili Aliabadi et al
  • SEU RedSun - South-East University, Nanjing, China (homepage)(TDP)(ICP)
Qian Cheng
  • Amsterdam Oxford Joint Rescue Forces - University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (homepage)(TDP)(ICP)(source code)
Okke Formsma, Helen Flynn, Victor Spirin, Stephen Cameron
  • Steel - Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, USA (homepage)(TDP)(ICP)
Nathan Brooks et al

Preview

See the Youtube video of the capabilities of a multi-robot control interface as submitted by one of the teams.

Rules

The release candidate (version 1, June 15, 2010) of the rules for Singapore 2010 is available here. The rules are based on the rules of the previous competition, however, several changes have been made due to the new simulation environment (UT3 port of UsarSim). The main change is the strong reduction of the number of allowed robot and sensor types (appendix B) and the explicit procedure to extend this list of allowed robots and sensors (as a community effort).

German Open 2010

The German National Committee, University of Magdeburg and the Fraunhofer institute AIS made it possible to have a Virtual Robot competition in Magdeburg, Germany. Unfortunately, there were not enough European teams to have competition. This year no Virtual Robot competition at the German Open.

Iran Open 2010

The Iranian National Committee and the Azad University of Qazvin will organize in early April 2010 a Virtual Robot competition in Tehran, Iran.

The Technical Committee of this competition are Behzad Tabibian (Iran University Of Science & Technology), Arnoud Visser (AOJRF - Universiteit van Amsterdam), Edriss Esmaeili (MRL - Azad University of Qazvin), Iman Sarrafi (SBCe_Saviour - Shahid Beheshti University).


Important dates:

  • symposium submission : January 20, 2010.
  • team pre-registration: January 21, 2010.
  • team qualification deadline: January 21, 2010.
  • team registration: March 6, 2010.
  • symposium: April 8, 2010.
  • competition: April 5-9, 2010.
Participants of Iran Open 2010
Participants of Iran Open 2010

The team's ini-files at the semi-final and final will be be based on these default versions: Indoor and Outdoor.

Winning Map of Iran Open 2010, with in green the explored area and in red the five victims found.
Winning Map of Iran Open 2010, with in green the explored area and in red the five victims found.
Six teams participated in the competition.
* MRL
* Kaveh
* SBCe
* Virtual Reality
* Amsterdam Oxford Joint Rescue Forces
* Nososhiant
Detailed results are posted on the iranopen website.
For the preliminary competition two maps were especially generated. They will be published on sourceforge.

TeleOperation Test

This was a three story building, with four start positions and four target positions. The map had dynamic elements (sliding doors, elevators, raft) and different types of smoke.

Mapping Test

The mapping test was automatically generated and contained different sections, delivered by the participating teams, which each had their own challenges.

Comprehensive Mission

The final consisted of a comprehensive mission, where both victims have to be found, a large area has to be explored and a map has to build up from scratch. For this mission the indoor map of the 2009 competition was used. Both Kaveh and MRL found 5 victims, but Kaveh provided more information about those victims, explored more area and had an accurate map.

Finals results

Rank Team Points
1 Kaveh 150.0
2 MRL 108.3
3 Virtual Reality 89.0
4 SBCe 75.0

Graz 2009

The 2009 competition is being held in Graz, Austria.

Important dates:

  • symposium submission : February 2, 2009.
  • team pre-registration: February 28 2009.
  • team description paper deadline: February 28 2009.
  • early team registration: April 17 2009.
  • regular team registration: May 15 2009.
  • competition: June 29 - July 5 2009.
  • RoboCup symposium: June 30 - July 3 2009.
  • SRMED symposium: July 6 2009.
Participants at Graz 2009
Participants at Graz 2009

The Tech committee
Stephen Balakirsky (NIST), Stefano Carpin (UC Merced), Arnoud Visser (Universiteit van Amsterdam).

Local organizer:
Alexander Kleiner (University of Freiburg).

Competition Poster

The progress achieved in 2009 was summarized on the following poster:

Graz 2009 competition poster
Graz 2009 competition poster

Schedule

The page about the competition, including a detailed schedule, can be found here.

June 29 - Team setup

June 30 - Test run

July 1 - Mapping Test

July 2 – Deployment Test

July 3 – TeleOperation Test

July 4 - Semi-Finals

July 5 - Finals

Results

Preliminary results

Rank Team Points
1 SEU-RedSun 114.14
2 UC Merced 83.69
3 UPM-SPQR 74.21
4 MRL 53.37
5 Amsterdam Oxford 48.72
6 CFZ 24.86
7 STB 15.68
8 SBCe 14.89
9 NP Solvers 14.25
10 Jacobs 10.4
11 Brazil 0

Finals results

Rank Team Points Source code
1 UC Merced 293.0 (download)
2 SEU-RedSun 169.2 (download)
3 Amsterdam-Oxford 88.4 (download)
4 MRL 75.1 (download)

Participating Teams

Currently 10 of the 12 registered teams from 9 countries have participated the 2009 Virtual Robots competition. The 16 Team Description Papers (TDPs) of the qualified teams are peer-reviewed inside the community. Papers which were judged as good and very good are indicated with respectively a star '*' or a double star '**'. The Team Description Papers will be published on the RoboCup 2009 Proceedings CD. The qualified teams could register until May 18. No teams can be registered anymore, only additional teammembers can still be registered on site.

  • Jacobs Robotics - Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (homepage)(TDP)**
Max Pfingsthorn, Ravi Rathnam
Benjamin Balaguer, Derek Burch, Roger Sloan, and Stefano Carpin
  • Amsterdam Oxford Joint Rescue Forces - University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (homepage)(source code)(TDP)**
Julian de Hoog, Radoslaw Sobolewski, Helen Flynn, Magda Jankowska and Arnoud Visser
  • UPM-SPQR - Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Sapienza University of Rome, Spain, Italy (homepage)(TDP)*
Paloma de la Puente, Diego Rodriguez-Losada, Alberto Valero, Roberto Vicario
  • STB - South Tehran Branch Islamic Azad University, Iran (homepage)(TDP)*
Majid Yasari, Majid Sadeghi Alavijeh, Sepehr Farhand, Seyed Ali Zahiri
  • SBCe_Saviour - Shahid Beheshti University, Iran (homepage)(TDP)
Iman Sarrafi, Amir Saman Memaripour and Reza Bakhshi
Shen Hui, Qian Cheng
Patrick Sturm, Emanuel Plochberger and Leonhard Pfeiffer-Vogl
Edris Esmaeili Aliabadi, Vahid Azizi, Mohammad Sadegh Kordafshari
  • CFZ - Chabahar Free trade-industrial Zone Organization (CFZO), International University of Chabahar (IUC), Iran (homepage)(TDP)
Seyed Behzad Tabibian, Yousef Kanani, Hossein Nekoomanesh, Milad Amel Zabihi, Soroush Mortezapour, Shiva Shahrokhi, Seyed Alizeza Khatamian Oskooei, Maryam Rahmani


All preregistered teams have submitted their qualification material.

Rules

The technical committee has published the release candidate 2 of the rules for Graz 2009. The rules are based on the rules 2008 competition, however, to further push the league towards novel interesting solutions, several small changes have been made. The main change is the introduction of Elementary Tests in the preliminary rounds, to test the progress on several specific subject. Further, this year a new image server and a new obstacle attenuation plugin were developed. At the German Open , those innovations were tested.

This year, two new robots are allowed in the competition:


The point of contact for the rules is Stefano Carpin (UC Merced), please refer to him for any questions/clarifications on the rules.

Complementary to the rules is the list of logical configurations, compiled into a USARBot.ini file. Teams desiring to add new components (robots, sensors, actuators) to the set of available devices must contact Stefano and provide the new components by March 31, 2009 to the community. The latest official versions of the USARBot.ini file are labeled version 0.9 of Friday July 4. There exist a version with Indoor Noise and a version with Outdoor Noise. In those versions all non-competition robots and sensor removed.

Evaluation

An evaluation of the competition is published in the following paper:

Stephen Balakirsky, Stefano Carpin and Arnoud Visser, "Evaluation of The RoboCup 2009 Virtual Robot Rescue Competition", Proceedings of the 9th Performace Metrics for Intelligent Systems (PERMIS'09) workshop, Gaithersburg, MD, USA, September 2009. PDF.

German Open 2009

Screenshot from Waterfront-C.
Screenshot from Waterfront-C.
The German National Committee organized a Virtual Robot competition from April 20 to 24 at the German Open at the Hannover Messe.
Three teams participated in the competition.
* Jacobs Robotics
* Amsterdam Oxford Joint Rescue Forces
* NP.Solvers
For this competition two maps were generated, an indoor map (Reactor-D) and an outdoor map (Waterfront-C). Note that these maps have a dependence on the Factory map.


TeleOperation Test

During the first day the TeleOperation test was tried. Because the Practice World was not available yet, the TeleOperation test was performed in the outdoor world. The target points were not yet available in MIF format (now they are), so they were read as startpositions from the map.
From the 7 startpositions, only 2 were reached Target5 (62.38,24.37) and Target6 (54.50,33.04). One of the teams tried to reach Target1, but was with two robots just out of the threshold. The other points were too far away or on a too challenging position.
Results:
* Amsterdam Oxford Joint Rescue Forces deployed four robots: reached Target5 (62.62,27.27)(2.9 m distance) and Target6 (55.21,34.24) (1.4 m distance)
* NP.Solvers deployed one robot: reached Target5 (60.97, 24.14) (1.4 m distance)
* Jacobs Robotics deployed three robots: reached Target6 (56.19,34.12)(2.6 m distance)

Mapping Test

During the second day the Mapping test was tried. The test was applied on the well known Elementary Test World, the challenge was located in the additional uncertainty in the INS sensor (UsarBot.ini). A logfile of one of the runs is available. Without advanced mapping techniques, the map would look like:
Dead reckoning on INS data
Dead reckoning on INS data
Instead, maps like this were produced:
Localization and Mapping on INS data
Localization and Mapping on INS data


Results:
* Amsterdam Oxford Joint Rescue Forces 50 points
* Jacobs Robotics 49 points (small scaling problem)
* NP.Solvers 8 points (distorted map of the garage)

Deployment Test

During the third day the Deployment test was tried. The test was applied on the CommExample map provided as part of the Practice World. In this CommExample map also an rough occupancy grid is provided as a priori data. This test was run with WSS 0.6.0 with the DistanceOnlyModel active.
A priori information of the CommExample map
A priori information of the CommExample map
The robots started in the room at the lower left. Direct communication with the BaseStation not longer possible when the robots exited the room.
Participants of the German Open 2009: Arnoud Visser, Patrick Sturm, Leonhard Pfeiffer-Vogl, Max Pfingsthorn, Ravi Rathnam, Julian de Hoog, Helen Flynn and Hanne Nijhuis
Participants of the German Open 2009: Arnoud Visser, Patrick Sturm, Leonhard Pfeiffer-Vogl, Max Pfingsthorn, Ravi Rathnam, Julian de Hoog, Helen Flynn and Hanne Nijhuis
Results:
* Amsterdam Oxford Joint Rescue Forces 50 points
* Jacobs Robotics 34 points points
* NP.Solvers 0 points (no participation due to lack of fully autonomous behavior)

Comprehensive mission


At the final day the Comprehensive mission was tried, including a fully autonomous break. On this day both an indoor and outdoor scenario were tried. The break had severe consequences. During this break robots glided out of reach on ramps, and teams failed to get control back after the break.
Indoor Results:
* NP.Solvers 60 points (131 m^2 explored, no victims found, reasonable metric quality of map)
* Amsterdam Oxford Joint Rescue Forces 57 points ((96 m^2 explored, no victims found, good metric quality of map)
* Jacobs Robotics 0 points (software crash)
Outdoor Results:
* Jacobs Robotics 130 points (508.75 m^2 explored, 2 victims found, nice map with many additional features)
* Amsterdam Oxford Joint Rescue Forces 27 points (recovered from software crash, 48 m^2 explored, one victim found (false manual location))
* NP.Solvers 0 points (software crash)


Local organizer

Max Pfingsthorn (Jacobs University Bremen)

Iran Open 2009

The Iranian National Committee organized a Virtual Robot competition from April 4 to 6 at the Iran Open at the Azad University of Qazvin. For this competition the Factory map was used.
6 Teams participated at the Iran Open 2009. The new Image server [Upis] was tested in the first day of competitions in preliminary runs. Not all teams could connect via the new [Wireless Simulation Server], which was allowed until the final. The final was between [MRL] and [IUC].
Local organizers

Eslam Nazemi, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran

Suzhou 2008

The 2008 RoboCup competition has been held in Suzhou, China. 10 teams participated in the competition (teams picture).


Important dates:

  • team pre-registration: February 29 2008.
  • team description deadline: March 9 2008 (extended).
  • team registration: April 20 2008.
  • competition: 14-20 July 2008.
  • symposium: 15-18 July 2008.


The Tech committee
Stephen Balakirsky (NIST), Stefano Carpin (UC Merced), Arnoud Visser (UvA).

Competition Poster

The progress achieved in 2008 was summarized on the following poster:

Suzhou 2008 competition poster
Suzhou 2008 competition poster

Schedule

The details about the competition, including a detailed schedule, can be found here.

July 14 - Team setup

July 15 - Test run

July 16 - Test run

July 17 – First Round

July 18 – Round Robin

July 19 – Round Robin

July 20 – Final and runner up final

Results

Prelim totals. Top 4 teams advance to finals.

Position Team name Day 1 (Indoor) Day 2 (Outdoor) Total
1 UC Mercenary 165.16 182.82 347.98
2 Jacobs 139.45 193.13 332.58
3 STEEL 173.00 158.97 331.97
4 SEU-RedSun 133.67 156.00 289.67
5 SPQR 119.25 26.06 145.31
6 MRL 69.18 46.84 116.02
7 AOJRF 62.57 39.80 102.37
8 CSU_YunLu 8.24 64.61 72.85
9 IUST 25.41 25.58 50.99
10 Brazil 24.75 7.00 31.75


Finals

Position Team name Mission 1 (Indoor) Mission 2 (Outdoor) Total
1 SEU-RedSun 91.10 192.40 283.50
2 UC Mercenary 124.00 128.14 252.14
3 STEEL 66.80 166.60 233.40
4 Jacobs 108.65 0.00 108.65

This year, one best-in-class award was presented. It was awarded to Jacobs University for best-in-class mapping.

Participating Teams


10 teams from 8 countries were participating at the competition in Suzhou.

  • SEU RedSun - South-East University, Nanjing, China (TDP)
  • UC Mercenary - University of California, Merced, USA (TDP) (Source code)
  • Steel Team - University of Pittsburgh, USA (TDP)(Source code)
  • Jacobs Virtual Rescue - Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (TDP)(Source code)
  • SPQR Virtual - University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy (TDP)
  • MRL - Azad University of Qazvin, Iran (TDP)
  • Amsterdam Oxford Joint Rescue Forces - University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (TDP)(Source code)
  • CSU YunLU - Central South University, China (TDP)
  • IUST-Tam - University Of Science And Technology, Tehran, Iran (TDP)
  • BRASIL-VR - Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica, Brazil (TDP)

16 teams from 8 countries qualified themselves for the 2008 Virtual Robots competition. These teams can register as soon as all Leagues have finished their qualification procedure. The registration is extended to May 1th.

Originally 21 teams from 8 countries preregistered for the 2008 Virtual Robots competition.

Rules

The technical committee has now released the second version of the rules for Suzhou 2008. These may be found at (2008 Rules). The rules are based on the 2007 competition, however, to further push the league towards novel interesting solutions, several small changes have been made. For instance, a new wireless simulation server is tested, a new robot is introduced and two new sensors are allowed in the competition:


The point of contact for the rules is Arnoud Visser (arnoud@science.uva.nl) please refer to him for any questions/clarifications on the rules.

Complementary to the rules is the list of logical configurations, compiled into a USARBot.ini file. This is version 0.3 of Tuesday July 15th, with all non-competition robots and sensor removed.

Evaluation

An evaluation of the competition is published in the following journal article:

Benjamin Balaguer, Stephen Balakirsky, Stefano Carpin and Arnoud Visser, "Evaluating maps produced by urban search and rescue robots: lessons learned from RoboCup", Autonomous Robots Vol. 27 (4), pp. 449-464, November 2009. PDF.

American Open 2008

The American National Committee did a call for participation for the Virtual Robot competition at the American Open at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. There were not enough participating teams to organize a competition at this event.

German Open 2008

The German National Committee has organized a Virtual Robot competition from April 21 to 25 at the German Open at the Hannover Messe.

For the competition, two new maps called Reactor and Waterfront are created. Prior versions of the maps are available as germanopenmapsv2.zip. The apriori of those maps can be found at the UvA-site.

The official result of the competition can be found here:

1. Jacobs Robotics, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
2. UvA Rescue Team, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3. NP-Solvers, Fachhochschule Technikum Wien, Österreich

Local chair:
Andreas Birk (Jacobs University Bremen)

Local organizer:
Max Pfingsthorn (Jacobs University Bremen)

Iran Open 2008

The Iranian National Committee organized a Virtual Robot competition from April 2 to 5 at the Iran Open at the Azad University of Qazvin.

For the competition, the new Factory map was used. The Factory map is available at sourceforge

The official results are available here:


1. MRL, Mechatronics Research Laboratory, Azad University of Qazvin
2. Soshiant, Buali Sina University
3. IUST, Iran University Of Science And Technology, Tehran
4. Scorpius, Shahid Rajayee University

Local organizers:
Behzad Helli, Bardia Aghabeigi, Omid Aghazadeh and Maziar Sharbafi

Atlanta 2007

Congratulations to everyone (see group photo) for another great year at RoboCup!

The technical committee would like to thank the following people who made the competition the success that it was...

First the developers who have worked on USARSim this year
Ben Balaguer, NIST
Yashodan Nevatia, Jacobs U
Christopher Pepper, NIST
Chris Scrapper, NIST
Jijun Wang, UPitt
Marco Zaratti, U of Rome “la Sapienza”

Next the Tech and Exec committee
Stephen Balakirsky, NIST
Stefano Carpin, UC Merced
Alessandro Farinelli, Southampton
Alexander Kleiner, U Freiburg

The people who have run this competition
Ben Balaguer, NIST
Stephen Balakirsky, NIST
Stefano Carpin, UC Merced
Chris Scrapper, NIST

Finally the world developers (all from NIST)
Ben Balaguer
Stephen Balakirsky
Christopher Pepper
Chris Scrapper

Participating teams

Eight teams participated to the 2007 event.

  • Jacobs Virtual Rescue - Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (Source code)
  • BRASIL-VR - Instituto tecnologico de Aeronautica, Brazil
  • GROK Lab - The University of Iowa, USA
  • UI-ECE Lab - The University of Iowa, USA
  • Steel Team - University of Pittsburgh, USA (Source code)
  • UvA Rescue 2007 - University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Source code)
  • SPQR Virtual - University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy (Source code)
  • UC Mercenary - University of California, Merced, USA (Source code)

Final ranking

Position Team name Documentation
1 STEEL
2 Jacobs
3 SPQR
4 UvA UvArescueDesignDecisions.pdf

For detailed results and competition materials, click here

Qualified Teams

These teams are qualified for the 2007 Virtual Robots competition.

Here you can find general information about Robocup at Atlanta.


Rules

The technical committee has now released the final version of the rules for Atlanta 2007. These may be found at (2007 Rules). The rules are based on the 2006 competition, however, to further push the league towards novel interesting solutions, several important changes have been made. The point of contact for the rules is Alessandro Farinelli (farinelli@dis.uniroma1.it) please refer to him for any questions/clarifications on the rules.

In addition to the rules document, the supplemental information provided below is available to participating teams. Please note that this supplemental information contains data on scoring, formats, and the way in which the competition will be run.


Map Format and A priori Information

A priori information will be provided to the teams. The apriori maps are still available at the UvA site (day2, day3, day4, day5, semi, final). This information may contain a street layout with an indication of where an accident has occurred, or the general outline and layout of a building. It should be noted that this data may contain errors. Streets may be blocked, buildings may have locked doors or rubble that blocks passages. In addition, renovations may have occurred since the a priori data was gathered. The format for this data will be in the form of a GeoTiff file. GeoTiff is an industry-wide standard for specifying cartographic information in a bit-mapped format. More information on the format of the image file and .tfw georeference file may be found in the file GeoTiff.pdf. The exact meaning of the colors is now included in the rules document. AGAIN PLEASE NOTE that this map information may contain errors and should be used with caution!

In addition to GetTiff being adopted as our a priori data standard, it has also been adopted as our required pixmap map delivery standard. Vector maps map be provided to the judges in the industry standard MIF format. This will allow the judges to overlay team generated maps on top of ground truth to evaluate them. Many tools are available for the generation of TIFF images. An example of such an application is the open source CImg package. This package allows one to easily read and write TIFF images. The georeference file may also be easily generated and has the format specified in GeoTiff.pdf. MIF vector maps consist of two relatively simple ASCII files. An example map may be found in the file MifSample.zip.

An example of the anticipated use of the GeoTIFF maps is included in the DM-ElementaryTestWorlds package from the maps release area on sourceforge. The MIF map file provided above may be overlaid onto this map using freeware tools. An illustrated example that uses a freeware tool for both GeoTIFF and MIF may also be found in the file MapScoringHowTo.pdf.

Please be sure to test your map output to make sure that it properly overlays on the ground truth. An example of this is provided in the above mentioned sample.

Competition Challenge Areas

This information is now contained in the rules document.

Evaluation

An evaluation of the competition is published in the following journal article:

Stephen Balakirsky, Stefano Carpin, Alexander Kleiner, Michael Lewis, Arnoud Visser, Jijun Wang and Vittorio Amos Ziparo, "Towards heterogeneous robot teams for disaster mitigation: Results and Performance Metrics from RoboCup Rescue", Journal of Field Robotics, volume 24(11-12):pp. 943-967, November 2007. PDF.

Bremen 2006

After a demo was run in Osaka during Robocup 2005, the first Virtual Robots competition took place in Bremen during Robocup 2006.

Click here to download the 2006 rules. Please notice that changes are likely to occur for the 2007 competition.

Eight teams participated to the 2006 event (teams picture).

  • VirtualIUB - International University Bremen, Germany (Source code)
  • ITAndroidsRV - Instituto tecnologico de Aeronautica, Brazil
  • GROK Lab - The University of Iowa, USA
  • SBCe_Saviour - Shahid Beheshti University, Iran (Source code)
  • RescueRobots Freiburg - University of Freiburg, Germany (Source code)
  • Steel Team - University of Pittsburgh, USA ( Source code )
  • UvA ResQ - University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Source code)
  • SPQR - University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy (Source code)


The competition was won by the Freiburg team.

  1. RescueRobots Freiburg - University of Freiburg, Germany.
  2. VirtualIUB - International University Bremen, Germany.
  3. UvA ResQ - Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Algorithm)

The organizers also recognized the Steel Team (University of Pittsburgh) for its inspiring user interface and Uva ResQ for their mapping software.

Competition worlds and demos recorded during the competition are available for download from USARSim on sourceforge.-->

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