Call for Participation
2022 RoboCup Rescue Agent Simulation Competitions
to be held in Bangkok, Thailand — July 11-19, 2022
2022 RoboCup Rescue Simulation
Pre-Registration……………………………......: February 15, 2022 (23:55 GMT)
Team Description Paper (TDP) submission…: February 28, 2022 (23:55 GMT)
Qualified teams announcement…………..…..: March 15, 2022
Camera-ready TDP submission………….……: May 31, 2022 (23:55 GMT)
Tournament dates………………………..……..: July 11-19, 2022
WAIVER OF THE TEAM FEE FOR NEW TEAMS
The RoboCup Federation is pleased to introduce a waiver of the team fee for
the 2022 international RoboCup competition for NEW teams in the major
leagues. A NEW team is defined as a team all of whose team members have
never participated in an annual international RoboCup competition. The
waiver concerns only the team fee and does not imply any waiver of fees for
NEW FEATURES IN THE SIMULATOR
Teams can now choose to implement their agents in Java or Python
Python repo: roborescue/rcrs-sample-agent-python (github.com)
AGENT SIMULATION COMPETITION
This initiative focuses on promoting the use of Artificial Intelligence to
support teamwork coordination and decision-making of ground rescue teams in
a post-disaster urban setting. It maintains a computer simulation platform
that can realistically represent natural disaster scenarios where Urban
Search and Rescue (USAR) plans can be assessed. This platform is a
comprehensive artificial simulation environment that can be used as a
testbed to the effectiveness of coordination strategies of USAR teams,
coalition formations of heterogeneous teams, rescue plans to explore
large-scale environments with limited set of resources to search for
survivors, disaster response public policies, among others.
The RoboCup Rescue Agent Simulation Competition involves primarily
evaluating the performance of teams of agents in regards to their
distributed coordination and planning algorithms for rescuing civilians in
a city after an earthquake. The goal is evaluating the effectiveness of
Ambulance Team, Police Force, and Fire Brigade agents on rescuing civilians
in earthquake scenarios. Here are some of the challenges that can be
tackled in this competition:
Decision Making Algorithms
Task Allocation Methods
Multi-Agent Coordination and Team Formation Methods
GETTING STARTED GUIDE
Here are some pointers to get started with the agents development
Repository: roborescue/adf-sample-agent-java: RoboCup Rescue Agent
Development Framework Sample Agent Java (github.com)
Documentation: Java ADF manual
Repository: roborescue/rcrs-sample-agent-python (github.com)
Repository: roborescue/rcrs-docker (github.com)
Using docker is optional for teams that wish to have an environment
that is already setup for development
The Infrastructure competition involves the presentation of tools or
simulators related to disaster management issues already developed by the
participating team. The aim is to evaluate possible enhancements and
expansions of the RoboCup Rescue Simulation League environment (both the
agent simulator and frameworks and the virtual robot platform) based on the
new ideas and concepts proposed in these tools and simulators. The
evaluation will be done by a panel of experts and the winner chosen
according to a set of factors related to the technical aspects of the tool
or simulator and the presentation. The winner tool will be selected for
further integration with the simulation platform.
The participation on Infrastructure competition requires the submission of
a detailed Team Description Paper (TDP) describing the tool or simulator.
In addition to the submission of the TDP, teams interested in participating
on the Infrastructure competition must release their source code as an
open-source project PRIOR to July 2, 2022.
Participant teams should address topics including, but not limited to
Improvements to the Virtual Robot Simulator
Improvements to the Agent Development Framework
Increase the number of participants on the RoboCup Rescue league
Provide agent development kits that render easy the participation of
Integrate the Agent and Virtual Robot competitions
Improve the RoboCup Rescue sub-simulators
Teams must register via the submission system available at
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rcrs2022 no later than February 15,
2022 (23:55 UTC). This pre-registration requires only teams to fill the
"Title" field and the name, institution, and contact information of all
team members. The "Title" field should be "Agent_[TeamName]" to participate
in the Agent Competition and “Infrastructure_[TeamName]” for the
infrastructure competition, where [TeamName] should be replaced by the name
of the team. The pre-registration does not imply that the team will be
evaluated to participate in the competition, please see section
QUALIFICATION below for further information.
Teams must submit a Team Description Paper (TDP) (in English) describing
the strategy and recent advancements implemented in the team. The TDP is
limited to 16 pages and must be electronically submitted as PDF through the
submission system available at
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rcrs2022 no later than February 28,
2022 (23:55 UTC).
The TDP file name has to be "Agent_[TeamName]" for the Agent Competition,
where [TeamName] is the name of the team submitting the TDP. This format
should be also used in the "Title" field in the submission system
Teams should prepare their Agent Competition TDP based on the templates
available at https://github.com/roborescue/rcrs-templates . (overleaf link)
All TDPs will be peer-reviewed by at least two PC members. The evaluation
criteria of contributions will be based on originality, quality, clarity,
and its relevance to the league's aims.
The suggestions of the reviewers should be incorporated into an improved
version (i.e., Camera-Ready version) of the TDP. The camera-ready version
should be uploaded to EasyChair no later than May 31, 2022.
The previous TDPs are accessible here:
Qualification results will be announced on March 15, 2022.
If you have any questions please reach out to rcrs2022(a)easychair.org
Please read the Agent Simulation Competition Rules document available at 2022
RoboCup Rescue Simulation
for further details.
ABOUT ROBOCUP RESCUE AGENT SIMULATION LEAGUE
Natural disasters are major adverse events that cause large-scale economic,
human, and environmental losses. They are usually difficult to predict and
even more challenging to prevent from happening. These characteristics
demand disaster management strategies to be in place to mitigate damaging
consequences after a natural disaster.
The mission of the RoboCup Rescue Agent Simulation League is to promote
research and development in the socially significant domain of natural
disaster with focus on multiagent teamwork coordination and decision
support systems. The effective implementation of this mission is translated
into three main objectives. First, the league aims to provide a simulator
able to realistically represent natural disaster scenarios where response
rescue plans can be assessed. Second, it aims to define evaluation
benchmarks for response plans elaborated by policy-makers. Finally, it aims
to promote research and development by organizing competitions to stimulate
the exchange of ideas and experience between researchers and practitioners.
These aims are designed to help in the development of more sophisticated
and formalized response plans to effectively respond to natural disasters
and reduce the negative impacts on society.
2022 Call for Nominations for Silvia Coradeschi and Gerhard K. Kraetzschmar Awards
Prof. Silvia Coradeschi (d. Feb 5, 2014) was a founding trustee of RoboCup and an early visionary in the RoboCup initiative. She served as General Chair of RoboCup 1999 in Stockholm, Sweden, was a frequent competition participant, and was an exemplar of the RoboCup ideal of engaging in cutting-edge AI and Robotics research.
Prof. Gerhard K. Kraetzschmar (d. July 24, 2019) joined RoboCup since its beginning in 1997 and significantly contributed to the development of the RoboCup Federation (Trustee since 2004, Vice-President from 2008 to 2016). He was involved in the organization of many of the leagues, with major contributions to RoboCupJunior, RoboCup@Home, and RoboCup@Work. He was General Chair of RoboCup 2016 in Leipzig, Germany.
To honor their extraordinary contributions to RoboCup and to honor their memories, the RoboCup Federation created “The Silvia Coradeschi RoboCup Award” in 2014 (https://www.robocup.org/silvia_coradeschi<https://eur04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Furldefens…>), for a young female RoboCup student, with distinguishing research and the “Gerhard Kraetzschmar RoboCup Distinguished Service Award” in 2021 (https://www.robocup.org/gkk_award<https://eur04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Furldefens…>), to recognize the outstanding contributions of an individual for his/her exceptional leadership, service, and dedication that benefit RoboCup in any of its leagues.
We are now calling for candidates for the 2022 Awards.
The award recipients, to be named at RoboCup 2022 will receive:
● a certificate
● a US$1,000 honorarium
Nominations for the “Silvia Coradeschi Award”:
Eligible candidates for the “Silvia Coradeschi Award” are female graduate students and post-doctoral researchers who received the degree within the past 3 years and who will register for RoboCup 2022.
The two criteria are:
1. Distinguishing research as evidenced by, for example, refereed publications.
2. RoboCup leadership, either within a team and/or in the broad RoboCup community.
To nominate a female student for the “Silvia Coradeschi Award”, the student's professor should send a nominating email to April Foster <april.robocup(a)gmail.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>>, by May 1st, 2022. The email must include a letter of recommendation that addresses both criteria.
An additional letter of recommendation from a RoboCup community member not affiliated with the student’s team is recommended (but not required) to support the nomination.
Nominations for the “Gerhard Kraetzschmar RoboCup Distinguished Service Award”:
Eligible candidates for the “Gerhard Kraetzschmar RoboCup Distinguished Service Award” are RoboCup members with an outstanding record of service in one or more of the RoboCup Leagues, including as Technical and Organizing Committees, Executive Committee, and/or Board of Trustees.
To nominate a RoboCup member for the “Gerhard Kraetzschmar RoboCup Distinguished Service Award”, send a nominating email to April Foster <april.robocup(a)gmail.com<mailto:email@example.com>> by May 1st, 2022. The email must include a letter of recommendation that addresses the individual’s impact of service and contributions to RoboCup, including diversity, quality, and length of the work done for RoboCup. One or two additional letter(s) of recommendation from RoboCup community members are required to support the nomination. Please attach all letters of recommendation to the nomination email.