2019 RoboCupRescue Robot League World Championship – Rapidly Manufactured Robot Challenge Opening Announcement

Hi All!

I hope you have all had a good start to 2019!

On behalf of the RoboCup Rescue Rapidly Manufactured Robot Challenge (RMRC) Committee, I would like to announce the initial Call for Participation for the RMRC World Championships, to be held in Sydney this July!

The RMRC is a bracket of the broader RoboCup Rescue Robot League (RRL), a competition where teams build robots and run them through an arena based on DHS-NIST-ASTM International Standard Test Methods for Response Robots. These tests reflect real-world requirements for response robots, such as those used by bomb squads, search and rescue teams and hazardous materials responders all over the world. Thus, teams that do well in this competition are also solving real-world problems.

The broader RRL is a Major, Open competition and consists mainly of teams of university research students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The RMRC extends this to include high school students. Teams of up to 6 students (between the ages of 13 and 19 on the 1st of July, 2019) and up to 2 mentors (1 mentor for teams of 3 or fewer students, no age restriction) can compete among themselves while continuing to maintain a connection with the broader RRL.

We are in the process of updating the details on our website but in the meantime, please visit http://comp.oarkit.org/ for details from previous years.

There are a few new features of the 2019 competition. We will be posting to the list additional details and opportunities to discuss these shortly as we update the rules and guidelines but for now, here are some of the highlights!

– In addition to the 30 cm lanes of previous years, we will be providing a few 60 cm lanes! These will be scaled up in all dimensions by a factor of 2 (including height) and provide an opportunity for larger robots to demonstrate their capabilities. We will be voting on which lanes to provide scaled-up versions of shortly. During preliminaries, these will be considered separate lanes for the purpose of scoring. During the finals, these will be incorporated into the arena just like any other lane (subject to physical constraints). At this stage, resource and space permitting, we expect around 1/3 of the available lanes to be at 60 cm scale so it is highly recommended that even if a team is looking to focus on the 60 cm scale, that their robot at least fits in the 30 cm lane in order to be competitive.

– One of the new criteria on which the Qualification Team Description Materials (TDM) will be evaluated will be innovation shown by the students, as distinct from innovation provided by mentors, sponsoring organisations and/or equipment suppliers. We realize that high schools and technical colleges have a wide variety of capabilities and that some are able to leverage sponsorship from organisations and companies so we have some flexibility in this criteria.

In general, we recommend that teams make use of equipment and facilities that can be accessed at a well equipped high school, technical college or makerspace. In addition to laser cutting and 3D printing, this may include conventional CNC machining, custom circuit board fabrication, hobbyist/maker level off-the-shelf modules (or those that made available to high schools by manufacturers and other organisations under broader education or sponsorship programs) and hobbyist/maker level pre-made robot platforms.

If a team has access to professional robot platforms (eg. through collaboration or sponsorship with a responder organisation or manufacturer) they must demonstrate that they have added something innovative to their entry. This need not necessarily be physical, demonstrating a particularly innovative evaluation and/or operator training regime is also welcome. If in doubt, please post to this mailing list and we can have a discussion.

– In past years, we have given an Open Source and Innovation award. This year, to encourage greater contribution to the growing body of knowledge, we are turning this into a preliminary score multiplier for all teams, in the form of the Updated TDM, due 2 weeks prior to competition. See below for details!

– We have a Discord server! All team members, mentors and interested parties are welcome to join and discuss the competition, share tips and tricks, ask questions and generally get to know each other. We anticipate that this will also be a useful tool for communicating within and between teams, and between competitors and organisers, during the competition. Go to http://comp.oarkit.org/ and follow the links to join us! Note that all competition announcements, including rulings and similar decisions, will be posted to this mailing list so you won’t miss any important competition announcements if you don’t join (or keep up with) the Discord server but you may miss the opportunity to shape the development of the competition!

Here is the general qualification timetable:

2019-02-17, Team Participation Form (TPF) due.
2019-03-17, Qualification TDM due.
2019-04-15, Notification of Qualification.
2019-06-18, Updated TDM due.
2019-07-02, RoboCup starts in Sydney!

Further details:

TPF, due 2019-02-17:
Please visit http://comp.oarkit.org for a link to the Google form where you can submit your TPF! This document helps us to plan capacity. Filling this in doesn’t oblige you to field a team so please fill this in even if you’re only thinking of participating. Conversely, it is possible to participate without filling in a TPF although teams that qualify without having submitted a TPF by the deadline will only be admitted if there is space (and may delay notification).

Teams who qualify based on performance in the 2018 competition should still fill in the TPF by the deadline and, if not submitting from the same contact email address as in 2018, should send us an email from the 2018 contact email advising us of the new contact email.

Qualification TDM, due 2019-03-17:
The Qualification TDM is the primary way by which we select teams for the World Championships in Sydney. This document should tell us who you are, what you have done and what you plan to do. We will be publishing the list of points that we expect to be covered shortly, they will be broadly similar to the 2018 points available from http://comp.oarkit.org .

We will be looking for an understanding of the challenges involved and an indication that you have some good ideas on how to solve them. We do realise that we have both old and new teams and not everyone will have something built by the deadline, we will be taking this into account. We are flexible in the format of your Qualification TDM. This can be a traditional document, a series of blog posts, a video and/or something else. Do make sure that all the points are easy to find though, if we have to search all through a long list of blog posts or view a long video, there’s a good chance we’ll miss a few!

Teams who qualify based on performance in the 2018 competition should still fill in the Qualification TDM by the deadline. If this is not submitted from the same contact email address as in 2018 (and a change wasn’t advised during the TPF process), they should send us an email from the 2018 contact email advising us of the new contact email.

Updated TDM, due 2019-06-18:

Teams that qualify for the World Championships should submit an updated TDM by the 18th of June, 2 weeks prior to the competition. By then, you should have a good idea of what you have built and what you will field at the competition. This document will be scored by the RMRC Committee based on how useful and informative it is for a new team to learn from and build off what you have done. This will be archived and published prior to the competition, along with the score awarded.

This can be in any form that we can download and archive (to guard against links going dead in the future). Having said that, there will be points allocated to how easy it is to read/view and understand. Well documented source, CAD, circuit and other related files are worth points, particularly when published under a suitable open source license. We will be discussing our scoring guidelines for this shortly so watch this list!

Note that we may admit additional teams who miss the TPF/Qualification TDM deadline if they display exceptional performance and/or potential. Generally, this will be because the team has demonstrated performance at other competitions and testing events for which the outcomes are not known prior to these deadlines. Regardless of the route of qualification, all teams should submit an Updated TDM by the 18th of June deadline. Teams that do not submit this document, or do not meet this deadline, will have a scoring multiplier that will be a significant handicap in the competition.

We are in the process of updating the rules and guidelines of the competition so please watch this list for further details and opportunities to add your input!


– Raymond and the rest of the RMRC Committee.

P.S. If you’re not already on our mailing list, please see http://list.oarkit.org for details!

2019 RoboCupRescue Robot League World Championship – Rapidly Manufactured Robot Challenge Opening Announcement