News / Pitt places third at RoboCupRescue


The Pittsburgh Steel Team – a partnership between the School of Information Sciences and CMU – placed third in the 2008 RoboCupRescue Virtual Robots competition. This competition was part of RoboCup 200, held in Suzhou, China. The RoboCupRescue project promotes research and development in urban search-and-rescue at various levels involving multi-agent team work coordination, information infrastructures, a standard simulator and decision support systems, and evaluation benchmarks for rescue strategies and robotic systems.

There were 10 teams from 8 different countries competing in 2008. The Pittsburgh Steel led on the first day, but eventually was “out manuevered” by teams from Southeast University in Nanjing, China and the University of California, Merced, USA. Congratulations to the winners and to our valiant “Steel” Team!

RoboCup is an international research and education initiative. Its goal is to foster artificial intelligence and robotics research by providing a standard problem where a wide range of technologies can be examined and integrated.