The effect of smoke on laser scan measurements, a recreation of the experiments performed by the Australian Centre for Field Robotics.

RoboCup Rescue


The assignment for the RoboCup Rescue Simulation League is to build an Multi-Agent Community for Rescue Operations in Simulated environments. The Universiteit van Amsterdam has participated in the Rescue League since 2003, both in Germany and Italy, and participate remotely in the Rescue Middle Earth competition 2004. In 2006, the UvA participated in the new Virtual League in Bremen, where they became 3rd. Additionally they received a prize for their mapping algorithm. In Atlanta (RoboCup 2007), the team again reached the semi-finals. In Hannover (German Open 2008) the UvA reached the finals. After this date, our team joined forces with Oxford in the Amsterdam Oxford Joint Rescue Forces. With this team we were present at Suzhou (RoboCup 2008) and remotely present in Salvador (Latino American Open 2008). In the latter competition we became fully autonomous the champion. In 2009 several prizes were won at the German Open, the World Cup and the Interleague Challenge. Publications related to the Virtual League can be found at the wiki-site.

This year the Amsterdam Oxford Joint Rescue Forces will participate in several RoboCup competitions. The first will be the Iran Open competition, 5-9 April in Tehran. At the Iran Open 2010 we were successful in the teleoperation challenge, but encountered technical problems in the mapping and runner-up test. At the Iran Open, the USARsim Development prize was awarded to our team. The World Cup will take place in Singapore. So, our corporation with Oxford is very successful. Our approach for the competition of 2010 is outlined in the team description paper. Our smoke-and-fire project was submitted to the InfraStructure competition with the following paper. For the latest developments, you should check the research logs of the different teammembers.


  • Chaim Bastiaan, "Virtual victims in USARSim", Bachelor's thesis, Universiteit van Amsterdam, (June 2010) (PDF).
  • Niels Out, "Virtual radar sensor for USARSim", Bachelor's thesis, Universiteit van Amsterdam, (June 2010) (PDF).

See the list of this year publications at Amsterdam Oxford Joint Rescue Forces website.

Updated July 2010