RoboCup 2019 Virtual Robot – Call for Participation

Call for Participation
2019 RoboCup Rescue Virtual Robot Competition
to be held at International Convention Centre,
Sydney, Australia — July 2-8, 2019

Co-located with the
RoboCup 2019

Important Dates

The intention of participationJanuary 30, 2019
Team Description Paper (TDP) submissionFeb. 28, 2019 (March 15)
Qualified teams announcementMarch 30, 2019
Team setup datesJuly 2-3, 2019
Competition datesJuly 4-7, 2019
RoboCup SymposiumJuly 8, 2019

If you are interested to participate please take the time to pre-register your team for the RoboCup 2019 Virtual Robot Competition as soon as possible, so that we can inform you about the latest developments.

RoboCup Rescue Simulation League and Virtual Robot Competition

The RoboCup Rescue Simulation League is a socially relevant part of RoboCup event. Its main purpose is to provide emergency decision support by integration of disaster information, prediction, planning, and human interface.

A generic urban disaster simulation environment is constructed on network computers. Heterogeneous intelligent agents such as firefighters, commanders, victims, volunteers, etc. conduct search and rescue activities in this virtual disaster world. Agents can sense their environment and make decisions on the basis of the perceived data. Mission-critical human interfaces support disaster managers, disaster relief brigades, residents, and volunteers to decide their actions to minimize the disaster damage.

Addressing this problem involves advanced and interdisciplinary research themes. As AI/robotics research, for example, behavior strategy (e.g., multi-agent planning, real-time/anytime planning, heterogeneity of agents, robust planning, mixed-initiative planning) is a challenging problem. For disaster researchers, RoboCup Rescue works as a standard basis in order to develop practical comprehensive simulators adding necessary disaster modules.

The Virtual Robot Competition is based on ROS/Gazebo, an advanced robot simulator in which users can simulate multiple agents whose capabilities closely mirror those of real robots. ROS/Gazebo currently features several ground and air robots, as well as a wide range of sensors and actuators. Moreover, exploiting ROS, users can easily develop their robot systems integrating standard modules.

Intention of participation

If you are interested to participate in the competition, please send an email to before January 30, 2019 with the following form filled attached

Qualification material

Besides sending the intention of participation, please prepare before March 15, 2019, a Team Description Paper (TDP) describing the most innovative contributions or scientific results your team is intended to provide.

The TDP is limited to 8 pages and must be formatted according to the LNCS format:

The Team Description Paper is an overview of the methodologies you use or intend to use to control your robots inside the Virtual Robot Competition. If applicable, include a reference to your latest publications. The qualification material should be placed on a dedicated web page on the team’s home page. Please include the link to the qualification material on the intention of information.

Useful links

Official Virtual robot competition websites:

  1. Rescue Simulation website

Previous Virtual rescue robot competitions materials:


Here is the list of useful links:

  1. Robot Operating System(ROS)
  2. Gazebo Simulator
  3. Virtual Robot setup and results RoboCup 2017
  4. Virtual Robot Competitions 2018 rules
  5. Available team description paper
  6. Robocup 2018 Repository(you can set up the environment and control your robots using keyboard/joystick using this repository)
  7. Available Open source code  
  8. Robocup 2017 Repository
  9. Robocup 2016 Repository(old models and launch files could be found here)
  10. More documentation could be found in rescuesim website

Feel free to ask! Hope to see you in Robocup 2019 competitions in Sydney.

With kind regards,

Masaru Shimizu, Fatemeh Pahlevan Agahababa, Amirrezakabiri, Francesco Amigoni, Sanaz Taleghani, Josie Hughes and Arnoud Visser

Members of the 2019 RoboCup Rescue Simulation Virtual Robot Competition Technical and Organization Committees