How to Participate

Agent Simulation

The team must submit a Team Description Paper (TDP) (in English) describing the focus, ideas, and recent advancements implemented in the team. The TDP is limited to 16 pages and must be submitted as PDF through the submission system and no later than the date specified in the Call for Participation of the specific competition.

All teams should prepare their Agent Simulation TDP based on the template tdp-rsl-agent-template.tex available at https://github.com/roborescue/rcrs-templates.

Virtual Robot Simulation

The team must submit a Team Description Paper (TDP) (in English) describing the focus, ideas, and recent advancements implemented to provide emergency decision support by integration of disaster information, prediction, planning, and human interface. The TDP is limited to 8 pages and must be submitted as PDF through the submission system and no later than the date specified in the Call for Participation of the specific competition.

All teams should prepare their Virtual Robot TDP based on the template tdp-rsl-virtual-template.tex available at https://github.com/roborescue/rcrs-templates.

Infrastructure

The participation on Infrastructure competition requires the submission of a detailed Team Description Paper (TDP) describing the tool or simulator limited to 8 pages. 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 the competition. Even though the team is accepted for participating on the competition, if it does not release the source-code before the agreed date, it will be disqualified and it will not be allowed to participate in the competition. Thus it will not be evaluated and considered for winning the prize.

All teams should prepare their Infrastructure TDP based on the template tdp-rsl-infra-template.tex available at https://github.com/roborescue/rcrs-templates.

GENERAL QUALIFICATION RULES

There are several general rules specified by the RoboCup Federation on which the qualification process and the tournament are based:

  1. One-Third Rule: Only one third of the participating teams may come from the same country. If more than one third of the qualified teams come from the same country, the first one third (floor rounded) will be qualified and the remaining disqualified due to this rule. If a team has members from more than one country, all country counts. False country statement results in penalty.
  2. One Team Per Research Institution: A university or research institute may only qualify one team. If a team is affiliated with more than one institution, all affiliation counts. False institution statement results in penalty.
  3. Plagiarism Penalty: If a team commits plagiarism, the team and its members will be banned participating on the current and next year’s RoboCup Rescue Simulation competitions. The term plagiarism comprises any use of external knowledge without proper referencing, i.e., copying or using thoughts, ideas, texts or language in general and presenting them as their own. This applies for Team Description Papers as well as team code. All kinds of licenses and copyright have to be respected. This applies to the qualification process and the RoboCup tournaments. Please be aware that when a team is found guilty of committing plagiarism it is disqualified and banned at any time. This may also be in the middle of the tournament.
  4. No-Show Penalty: If a team qualifies for the RoboCup, but is not able to come to the venue, the team is required to cancel its participation ONE MONTH before the final registration deadline by sending an email to the organizers. This will give an opportunity to the next qualified-ranked team to participate in the competition. If a team fails to report it is unable to participate in the competition (no-show), the team and its members will be banned of the next RoboCup competition.
  5. Academic Fairness Rule: If any team breaches general academic fairness in any other way, it may face penalties as well.