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USARSim for Linux

Good news for Linux users! USARSim, the open source robotics simulation system, now has a release that supports most varieties of Linux. Please see the usarsim-2004 release 3.31 under the downloads tab for complete directions and information. The file to look for is USARSim_3.31LinuxInstall.tgz

Posted by Stephen Balakirsky 2009-02-21

USARSim Release 3.11

USARSim is a high-fidelity simulation of mobile robots and environments based on the Unreal Tournament game engine. It is intended as a research and teaching tool and comes with a large set of robots (air, ground, and water), sensors (cameras, LIDAR, sonors, ...) and environments.

USARSim allows any program capible of opening a socket to place and control robots in the world. It is also the basis for the RoboCup Virtual Urban Search and Rescue Competition. This release includes a new communications model, bug fixes, and new documentation.... read more

Posted by Stephen Balakirsky 2007-05-02

USARSim Version 3.1 Released

I am pleased to announce a new release of USARSim (Urban Search and Rescue Simulation version 3.1). USARSim is a high fidelity robotics simulator that includes platforms, environments, and sensors and is the basis for the International RoboCup Rescue Virtual League. This release has all of the features and interfaces that are envisioned for the 2007 RoboCup competition. We hope to only have minor bug fixes from now until the competition. In addition, new worlds are ready! ... read more

Posted by Stephen Balakirsky 2007-04-18

New Worlds Release for USARSim

We have now posted 13 different version 3.x worlds for USARSim. They range from models of the NIST standard test arenas and RoboCup soccer stadiums to the Atlanta motor speedway and a portion of the Chesapeake Bay, MD. Of course, the arenas from last year's RoboCup competition are included as well as test rooms.

Posted by Stephen Balakirsky 2007-02-01

New Release!

I am please to announce a new release of USARSim is available. This contains many new vehicles; ranging from a submarine to a Sony AIBO, a new class structure, and bug fixes. Please following the installation instructions carefully. They can be found in the notes section of the release, or in the USARSim manual.

Posted by Stephen Balakirsky 2006-10-10

USARSim 2.0 Released

USARSim is an intelligent agent simulation environment that allows users to place agents in Unreal Tournament game environments. This is the release of the package that will be used as the basis for the 2006 Robocup Rescue Virtual Competition that takes place this June in Bremen Germany.

Posted by Stephen Balakirsky 2006-02-28

USARSim/MOAST Tutorials at ICRA '06 and AAAI '06

A full day tutorial on Urban Search and Rescue Simulation (USARSim) and the Mobility Open Architecture Simulation and Tools (MOAST) Framework has been accepted for presentation at both the 2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Orlando FL and the twenty-first national conference on artificial intelligence (AAAI) in Boston MA. The MOAST framework and the USARSim simulation environment provide researchers and developers with tools to develop, test, and analyze the performance of mobile robots. While both tutorials will address a broad range of topics and will include hands-on developmental experiences, ICRA will concentrate on USARSim and low-level robotic simulation while AAAI will concentrate on MOAST and higher-level intelligent control. Both tutorials will appeal to researchers and developers from various backgrounds in the fields of Mobile Robotics, Urban Search and Rescue, Distributed AI, Human-Computer Interaction, and simulation/training systems. The ICRA tutorial will take place on Friday May 19, 2006. More information may be found at www.icra2006.org. The AAAI tutorial will take place on Sunday July 16, 2006. More information may be found at http://www.aaai.org/Conferences/AAAI/aaai06.php.

Posted by Stephen Balakirsky 2006-02-13

USARSim tutorial at AAAI '06

A full day tutorial on UUSARSim and the Mobility Open Architecture Simulation and Tools (MOAST) Framework has been accepted for presentation at the twenty-first national conference on artificial intelligence in Boston MA. The MOAST framework and the USARSim simulation environment provide researchers and developers with tools to develop, test, and analyze the performance of mobile robots. This tutorial will address a broad range of topics and will include hands-on developmental experiences that will appeal to researchers and developers from various backgrounds in the fields of Mobile Robotics, Urban Search and Rescue, Distributed AI, Human-Computer Interaction, and simulation/training systems.

Posted by Stephen Balakirsky 2005-12-01