[robotics-worldwide] Call for Participation RoboCup Rescue Simulation virtual robot competition

Arnoud Visser a.visser at uva.nl
Tue Jan 12 07:27:02 PST 2010

Call for Participation

            RoboCup 2010 Rescue Simulation Virtual Robot competition

                 June 19 - June 25, 2010 (Singapore)

The RoboCup Virtual Rescue Technical Committee would like to invite 
you to compete RoboCup 2010 Rescue Simulation Virtual Robot 
competition, and provide detailed information about the registration 
and qualification process.

The purpose of the competition is to provide a common benchmark to 
demonstrate scientific progress in robotics in the field of Urban 
Search and Rescue. In this competition a devastated area has to be 
explored for victims with a team of robots controlled by a single 
operator. The robot team should accurately explore large areas with 
difficult mobility. The competition is based on a physics-based, 
realistic simulation on the sensory and actuation level of the robot. 
Standardized interfaces make a transparent migration of code between 
real robots and their simulated counterparts possible.

New teams are encouraged to participate, and last year's winning code 
may be freely downloaded from 




  Team pre-registration deadline: 31 Jan 2010 (23:59 UTC)
Team qualification deadline: 15 Feb 2010 (23:59 UTC)
Qualified teams will be announced: 1 Mar 2010

Early registration: 1 Mar - 31 Mar 2010
Regular registration: 1 Apr - 30 Apr 2010

Late registration: After 1 May




All teams who wish to qualify need to pre-register before the 
deadline of 31 Jan 2010. To pre-register, fill in the form at

and send this as an attachment to <mailto:A.Visser at uva.nl>A.Visser at uva.nl.




Qualification is based on a team's previous performance, scientific 
contributions, and the community effort in the development of the simulator.

In RoboCup 2010, up to 18 teams will participate in the Virtual Robot 
competition. The price winners of the RoboCup 2009 (UC Merced, SEU 
RedSun, Amsterdam-Oxford) are automatically qualified after 
pre-registering their teams and submitting an appropriate Team 
Description Paper (TDP). The other 15 teams will be selected through 
a qualification process.

The qualification deadline is 15 Feb 2010. The OC does not accept 
qualification materials from teams who have not been pre-registered 
by the pre-registration deadline. Qualification material consists of:

1. Team Description Paper (TDP)

The TDP should describe your research focus and ideas implemented in 
the team. Include in this TDP the scientific contributions of your 
team (recent publications relevant for the RoboCup community). The 
length of the TDP has to be at least four (4) pages and should not 
exceed twelve (12) pages in Springer LNCS Style: 
Please submit the TDP only as a PDF document with the name of your 
team like teamname_TDP.pdf.

2. A list of contributions to the simulation environment USARsim, and 
the claimed community points for this effort. The community point 
system is defined at 

Teams will be qualified based on the submitted materials as described 
in this E-Mail. Also, the following general qualification limitations 
will be considered:

- One-Third-Rule: The so called One-Third-Rule rule states that only 
up to 1/3 of the participants of a competition may be from the same country.

- One-Team-Per-Institute-Rule: The One-Team-Per-Institute-Rule states 
that only one team from each university or research institute is 
allowed to participate in a competition. Note that it is okay for 
different teams from the same institute to participate in different 
competitions, e.g. 2D soccer and 3D development.

Good luck!

Arnoud Visser, Stephen Balakirsky, Behzad Tabibian
Technical Committee
Rescue Simulation League
RoboCup 2010 Singapore

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