RoboCup-Rescue Simulation Competition

Grand Challenge

The grand challenge of RoboCup-Rescue Simulation Competition (Simulation League) is to promote competitive international research cooperation by providing opportunities to researchers to evaluate their research results.
One of the reasons why RoboCup Soccer has 3,000 participating researchers from 35 countries is the competition mechanism. The desire to win the game, the periodical hot communication and discussion, and the open policy of all research results make Linux-type research community. This mechanism should be effective in this disaster domain. If the same number of researchers begin search and rescue research, the technology will advance in a short time. This is a revolution.
Another important factor of the competition is the social attention. It is amazing to observe RoboCup wide activities creating a robot culture worldwide. If the same mechanism functions in the disaster domain, it will form a disaster mitigation culture where every citizens believe this serious problem important and consider how to behave in emergency. It surely creates the safer social system.
This is not a mere competition. This is not a simply game. Our activities contribute to solve the global disaster problem.

Purpose of 2001 Competition

The purpose of 2001 competition is to minimize the damage of disaster.
In the 2001 competition, the version 0 simulator is used. Participants make agent programs. Good intelligent behavior of emergency response save many victims, quickly extinguish fires, and efficiently open the blocked streets. The loss of simulation results is evaluated to decide the winner.

Schedule

Three competitions are scheduled in 2001. All the competitions are open for international participation.

The detail and the schedule of each competition is announced below and the corresponding call for papers.

Rule & Evaluation

The rule, evaluation, etc. will be determined by the rule committee according to proposals from the potential participants. In January, 2001, it will be announced on this web page.The rule, evaluation, etc. are under discussion at present by the rule committee. In January, 2001, it will be announced here.  Tentative rule discussion memo is available here.

Call for Proposals

The following three items are open for proposals. Inputs to the mailing list or direct e-mail are welcome.

RoboCup Japan Open 2001 (Fukuoka, Japan, April 28-30, 2001)

The first competition of RoboCup-Rescue will be held in Japan Open 2001. This is internationally open although this is a domestic competition in Japan. The rule, etc. will be basically the same as the RoboCup World Cup 2001, but the World Cup should include small improvement according to the result of the Japan Open. The program codes of participating agents should be open after the competition.

Call for participants is here, and the rule and the detail will be announced in this page.

Schedule:
November 2001: Call for participants (deadline: March 11, 2001)
December, 2000: Deadline of proposals
January 2001: Announcement of guideline of competition
April 28-30, 2001: Competition

Japan Open competition report.
Log files, disaster situation maps, simulator codes, and agent source codes of Japan Open competitors will be open soon.

RoboFesta Kansai 2001 (Osaka, Japan, July, 2001)

Preliminary competition for the RoboCup World Cup 2001 will be held in Osaka as a part of RoboFesta Kansai 2001. Participants are welcome to test their agent behaviors in the real simulation environment as a competition just the same as the RoboCup World Cup 2001. This festival is internationally open to everyone who would like to check their performance beforehand. The secret of participants' program code is guaranteed by the organizer.

Call for participants is here, and the rule and the detail will be announced in this page.

Schedule:
November 2001: Call for participants (deadline: June 11, 2001)
December, 2000: Deadline of proposals
January 2001: Announcement of tentative rule & evaluation
May, 2001: Announcement of final rule & evaluation
June 11, 2001: Registration deadline
End of July, 2001: Competition

RoboCup-2001 (Seattle, USA, 2-10, August, 2001)

RoboCup-Rescue Simulation League and RoboCup-Rescue Robot League will start at the RoboCup World Cup 2001 in Seattle. The detail will be announced in the web page. The program codes of participating agents should be open after the competition.

Call for participants is here, and the rule and the detail will be announced in this page.

Schedule:
September, 2000: Demonstration of rescue simulator version 0 & Call for proposals
November, 2000: Call for participants
December, 2000: Deadline of proposals
January, 2001: Announcement of tentative rule & evaluation
April 20, 2001: Registration of participation deadline
May 15, 2001: Announcement of final rule & evaluation
2-4 August, 2001: Preparation of competition
4-6, August, 2001: Competition (preliminary games)
9 or 10, August, 2001: Competition (final game)

RoboCup-2002 (Fukuoka, Japan, 2002)

The detail of RoboCup-2002 competition will be discussed after RoboCup-2001.

Rule Committee

Co-Chairpersons:
Satoshi Tadokoro, Kobe University
Tomoichi Takahashi, Chubu University
Members:
Masayasu Atsumi, Soka University
Michael Bowling, Carnegie Melon University
Silvia Coradeschi, Orebro University
Michinori Hatayama, Kyoto University
Nobuyuki Ito, Nagoya Institute of Technology
Tetsuhiko Koto, The University of Electro-Communications
Yoshitaka Kuwata, NTT Data Corporation
Fumitoshi Matsuno, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Ranjit Nair, ISI, Southern California University
Jun Nobe, Mitsubishi Research Institute
Ituki Noda, Electrotechnical Laboratory
Masayuki Ohta, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Atsushi Shinjoh, Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences
Hironao Takahashi, Port and Harbour Research Institute
Milind Tambe, ISI, Southern California University

Simulation Project RoboCup-Rescue Project