[robotics-worldwide] Call for Participation: RoboCup 2009 Rescue Virtual Robot competition

Arnoud Visser a.visser at uva.nl
Tue Jan 20 05:08:29 PST 2009

Dear all,

hereby a call for participation in the Virtual Robot competition in the
RoboCup Rescue Simulation League. The Virtual Robot competion will be 
part of the RoboCup 2009, June 29 - July 5  in Graz, Austria

What is the Virtual Robot competition?
The Virtual Robot competition is an initiative to stimulate research 
in robotics that allow autonomously exploration of devastated areas, 
providing high
quality maps and demonstrating the capability to actively search and
localize victims using robot models and control algorithms consistent 
with the state of the art.

Who can participate?
Everybody with experience in controlling an autonomous robot can
participate. The Virtual Robot competition has a sophisticated simulation
environment (http://sourceforge.net/projects/usarsim/), including a 
wide variety
of robot and sensor models. The interaction of the robot and sensors are
simulated in this environment in a physical realistic way. The
communication to and from the robot and sensors is performed via a
socket-interface, so existing control software should be easily ported to
the simulation environment. The Virtual Robot competition allows to
experiment with your control algorithms and hardware configurations
without the need to buy this equipment .

Important dates
    * symposium submission : February 2, 2009.
    * team pre-registration: February 28 2009.
    * team description paper deadline: February 28 2009.
    * team registration: April 20 2009.
    * competition: June 29 - July 5 2009.
    * symposium: June 30 - July 3 2009.

Further information


Interested teams should sent a email to <a.visser at uva.nl>, for 
further details of the qualification procedure.


Arnoud Visser
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Technical Committee RoboCup Rescue Simulation League 

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