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RoboCup 2004: Rescue Robot League



Adam S. Jacoff, S Tadokoro


This article discusses the RoboCupRescue Robot League competition held this year in Lisbon, Portugal. These annual competitions increase awareness of the challenges involved in urban search and rescue (USAR) applications, provide objective evaluation of robotic implementations in representative environments, and promote collaboration between researchers. The rules and scoring metric evolve each year to increasing the relevance to basic USAR tasks and deployment strategies. This year s team qualification process included over forty team description papers and regional open competitions in the USA and Japan, culminating in twenty teams from eight countries participating in Lisbon. The league s goals were clearly achieved at this year s competition by evaluating state-of-the-art technologies, methods, and algorithms applied to search and rescue robots through objective testing in relevant environments, statistically significant repetitions, and comprehensive data collection. The three award winning teams approaches are discussed, along with an associated workshop on Simulation and Robotics to Mitigate Earthquake Disaster at which two new league initiatives were introduced.
Ai Magazine


competition, disaster response, RoboCup, robot, urban search and rescue, USAR


Jacoff, A. and Tadokoro, S. (2005), RoboCup 2004: Rescue Robot League, Ai Magazine (Accessed April 21, 2024)
Created August 31, 2005, Updated February 17, 2017