Disaster rescue is one of the most serious social issues involving very large numbers of heterogeneous agents in the hostile environment. The intention of the RoboCupRescue project is to promote research and development in this socially significant domain at various levels involving multi-agent team work coordination, physical robotic agents for search and rescue, information infrastructures, personal digital assistants, a standard simulator and decision support systems, evaluation benchmarks for rescue strategies and robotic systems that are all integrated into a comprehensive systems in future.
The virtual robot competition has as scenario a devastated building or factory, where a team of robots has to task to scout the area and find as many victims as possible. The robots have 20 minute to complete their mission. Once the robot should stay with the victim to works as communication relay. The observation inside the team should be exchanged to make the searching as efficient as possible.
The list of participants of the Rescue Robot League can be found here.
For more information, please check the league’s official wiki: http://wiki.robocup.org/wiki/Robot_League.