Call For Participation

2017 RoboCup Rescue Agent Simulation League Tournament

At Nagoya, Japan

from 25 to 31 July 2017

  Call for Participation
2017 RoboCup Rescue Agent Simulation League Tournament
to be held at Nagoya International Exhibition Hall,
Nagoya, Japan -- July 25-30, 2017
http://roborescue.sourceforge.net/web/2017/cfp.html

Co-located with the
RoboCup 2017
http://www.robocup2017.org

IMPORTANT DATES
Team pre-registration deadline:     March 01, 2017 (23:59 UTC)
Team qualification material submission deadline:     March 10, 2017 (23:59 UTC)
Qualified teams announcement:     March 25, 2017
Camera-ready material submission deadline:     June 30, 2017
Tournament dates:     July 25-30, 2017

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 it
is even more challenging to prevent them from happening. These characteristics demand disaster management strategies to be in place for the mitigation of
damaging consequences when a disaster happen.

The mission of the RoboCup Rescue Agent Simulation League is to promote research and development in the socially significant domain of natural
disaster. 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 plans can be assessed. Second, it aims to define evaluation benchmarks for response plans
elaborated by policy-makers to act in real natural disaster situations.

 
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 plans to efficaciously respond to natural
disasters and reduce the negative impacts on society.

The 2017 RoboCup Rescue Agent Simulation League Tournament is composed of three
competitions:
* Agent Simulation
* Infrastructure
* Technical Challenge


COMPETITIONS

Agent Simulation Competition

This competition involves primarily evaluating the performance of agent teams developed using ADK Framework (https://github.com/RCRS-ADF/RCRS-ADF) on
different maps of the RoboCup Rescue Agent Simulation (RCRS) platform (https://sourceforge.net/projects/roborescue/files/roborescue/v1.2/).
Specifically, it involves evaluating the effectiveness of Ambulance, Police Force, and Fire Brigade agents on rescuing civilians and extinguishing fires in
cities where an earthquake has just happened.
TThe Agent Simulation competition is composed of a preliminary round split in 2 phases, a semi-final round, and a final round. Each round is composed of a set
of maps representing different possible situations used for evaluating and scoring each agent team at each round. A single score is assigned to each team
per round.
IIn the preliminary round, in addition to the agents' teams performance evaluations on the maps, the teams are also evaluated by a presentation of the
strategy implemented. This presentation aims to share the knowledge of the teams and improve the academic research aspects of the league. Each team will
have 20 minutes to present their implementation and another 10 minutes for questions and answers. The presentation will be evaluated by a panel of experts
and these evaluations will be incorporated into the score of the preliminary round. The presentation ranking will be considered as an additional map in the
scoring system of the preliminary round.
TThe teams participating in the Agent Simulation competition will automatically participate in the Technical Challenge competition (see description below).

The participation in the Agent Simulation competition requires the submission of a detailed Team Description Paper (TDP) describing the strategies
implemented on the agents' code.
The three teams with the highest scores at the final round receive a prize.

SSpecific rules for participating on the RCRS competition are available at http://roborescue.sourceforge.net/web/2017/index.html.

Infrastructure Competition

The Infrastructure competition involves the presentation of tool or simulator 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 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 accordingly 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.
TThe 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 **Jul 25, 2017**. 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.
Participant teams should address topics including, but not limited to

* Improvements to the ADK Framework (RCRS-ADF)
* Increase the number of participants on the RoboCup Rescue league;
* Provide agent development kits that render easy the participation of new comers;
* Integrate the Agent and Virtual Robot competitions;
* Improve the RoboCup Rescue sub-simulators.
* Improve the RoboCup Rescue server' stability;

Technical Challenge Competition

The Technical Challenge competition will assess the modularity of the teams implementation using the ADK Framework. The participation to the Technical
Challenge will be compulsory to teams participating in the Agent Simulation Competition because the teams are required to implement their code using the
ADK Framework. Therefore, teams are not required to send a separate Team Description Paper (TDP) to participate in this competition.

The Technical Challenge competition will select one specific ADK module (To Be Defined) from the best three teams in the Preliminary round to use in all
participating teams. Each team will have their ADK module replaced by the selected module of the best three teams and the team's code will be run in one
randomly selected scenario (all teams will run on the same scenario). The final team' score will be the worst score among all runs.

The RoboCup Rescue Agent Simulation chairs will use the Sample Agent to check the modularity of the selected module of the best three teams at the end of the
Preliminary round. If the module is not exchangeable, meaning that it depends on specific information from the team's code, the team will have the best
scenario score of the semi-finals disregarded. The next best team in the Preliminary round will be assessed to share its module to replace the one
disqualified.


PRE-REGISTRATION

The pre-registration deadline is **February 20, 2017 (23:59 UTC)** and must be electronically done through the web site:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rcrs2017

No qualification material is required at this moment. A pre-registration is required for each competition the team intends to participate.

QUALIFICATION

For qualification, the team must submit a Team Description Paper (TDP) (in English) for each competition it aims to participate describing the focus and
ideas as well as recent advancements implemented in the team. The TDP is limited to 8 pages, formatted according to the LNCS requirements
(http://www.stage.sgw.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0) and must be electronically submitted as PDF through the web site
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rcrs2017 no later than **March 10, 2017 (23:59 UTC)**.

TDPs are to be named "Agent_TeamName" for Agent Competition and "Infrastructure_TeamName" for infrastructure competition. This format should be
kept as the "Title" in the submission web page https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rcrs2017 .

All teams should prepare their TDPs and presentation slides based on the templates released at http://roborescue.sourceforge.net/web/documents.html

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 of the TDP. The camera-ready copy should be uploaded to EasyChair by **June 30, 2017**.

GENERAL QUALIFICATION RULES
There are several general rules on which the qualification processes as well as the tournaments are based:

1. One-Third-Rule: Only one third of the participating teams may be from the same country. For example with 15 places in RoboCup 2017 only 5 teams per
country are allowed. If a team is situated in more than one country, the bound location counts. Teams infringing this rule will be ignored in the ordered list
of qualified teams. False statement results in penalty.


2. One-Team-Per-Research-Institution: Each university or research institute may only qualify one team. If a team is affiliated with more than one institution,
the unbound affiliation counts. Teams infringing this rule will be ignored in the ordered list of qualified teams. False statement results in penalty.

3. Plagiarism-Penalty: If a team commits plagiarism, the team and its members will be banned from participation for this and next year's RoboCup. The term
plagiarism comprises any use of external knowledge without proper referencing, i.e. copying or using the 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 for the qualification process as well as 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 RoboCup 2017, but is not able to participate, it has to cancel its participation ONE MONTH before the
RoboCup-2017's final registration deadline for the TEAM (by an email to faraji.farshid@gmail.com) in order to give the next-ranked team the chance to take its
place. If a team fails to observe this rule ('no-show'), the team and its members will be banned for RoboCup 2018 competition.

5. Academic-Fairness-Rule: If any team breaches general academic fairness in any other way, it has to face penalties as well.


QUALIFICATION RESULTS
Qualification results will be announced on **March 25, 2017**.