Posted on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 in Company news

This year will be the 29th anniversary of the Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence (BNAIC) held on the 8th and 9th of November 2017. SIM-CI will be attending BNAIC and give a demonstration on the RoboCup HQ – Rescue League and participate in a panel discussion.

Every year, BNAIC is organized by different (research) institutions, universities and companies under the theme of artificial intelligence. BNAIC will be hosting SIM-CI as one of its participants. What’s different this year is that SIM-CI will be announcing the launch of the Resilience Labs platform and the RoboCup HQ (Rescue League) during the demonstration given by Tijn van der Zant and Lars Zwanepol Klinkmeijer.

“It is important for SIM-CI to attend BNAIC and the RoboCup event so we can engage with the community. This will help us create a truly relevant league for the scientific community on a topic that is at the core of SIM-CI.”

Lars Zwanepol Klinkmeijer, AI Architect SIM-CI

The RoboCup Federation has existed since 1997, however over the years it has expanded to much more than a fully autonomous humanoid soccer game. The federation is developing a new ‘league’ that will be announced in December 2017 at the RoboCup in Bangkok. The League will be known as the RoboCup HQ – Rescue League. It will introduce a whole new set of possibilities ranging from control of agents on the operational and individual (driving) level as well as creating realistic population behaviour using MAS.

The announcement of the Resilience Labs, Rescue League and SIM-CI’s involvement in this will be “A new benchmark focusing on AI, HMI, and Autonomous Agents.” (van der Zant, Zwanepol Klinkmeijer 2017). SIM-CI will be providing a cloud-based simulator ‘Resilience Labs’ and the disaster scenarios (flooding, earthquakes, cyber-attacks, etc.) that will be used in the Rescue League. The Resilience Labs will include a near-complete city, in 3D modelling, with the environment where the agents and controllers will be placed in, can carry out their daily routines and are confronted with challenges. SIM-CI’s Resilience Labs is a sort of ’emergency management center’ where information is gathered and presented to the controller (van der Zant, Zwanepol Klinkmeijer 2017).

The long-term goal of the Resilience Labs is to ensure that it helps and contributes to sustainable and resilient cities. This can be done through many different means, like using the Resilience Labs in special training programs for (emergency response) officers in disaster scenarios. SIM-CI aims to ensure that the Resilience Labs is easy to use, intuitive and can adapt itself to the users. By participating in BNAIC and at the RoboCup Bangkok, SIM-CI can engage with the scientific community and other stakeholders and ensure that the simulation platform will remain relevant and effectively contributes to resilient city design.