The RoboCup Rescue League has been introduced in 2001 based on an aftermath analysis of the Kobe earthquake in Japan. It addresses fundamental research and development topics by providing standardized environments and benchmarks for rescue robots. These tests represent major challenges typically encountered in urban search and rescue scenarios such as climbing stairs or opening doors. Currently RoboCup Rescue consists of two subleagues:
- The Rescue Robot League considers mobile and intelligent robots that assist first responders in assessing and responding to a current situation, like searching for potential victims and automated mapping of the environment.
- The Rescue Simulation League targets disaster response challenges for single robots as well as for multiple agents in virtual scenarios.