Award winners in robot competitions held by the European Robotics League (ERL) will be named next Wednesday, 14 March 2018, during this year’s European Robotics Forum (ERF), to be held in Tampere, Finland on 13–15 March.
Awards for the ERL’s 2017-18 season will be presented at a Gala Dinner to winning teams that took part in the ERL Service Robots (ERL-SR) competition and in the ERL Emergency Robots (ERL-ER) competition. The winners of the ERL Industry Robots (ERL-IR) competition will also be announced.
ERL-SR is for robots that could provide assistance in homes, particularly for people with reduced mobility. ERL-ER is for robots in simulated emergency situations and ERL-IR tackles automation in industry.
Dozens of teams from around Europe took part in the 2017–18 ERL competitions, which stimulate innovation by and collaboration among robotics researchers by setting tasks in simulated real-life conditions, for completion against the clock.
The challenges include understanding natural speech, finding and retrieving objects, greeting visitors, supplying medical aid kits, and stopping simulated radioactive leaks. The teams’ technical approaches could find their way into future commercial robots and could be suitable for a wide range of non-robotics uses in all areas of life.
ERL teams are ranked on their end-of-year scores for various task and functionality challenges, using the best two participations in tournaments.
The latest ERL-SR scores can be found here: erl-service/scoring-and-standings/index.html.
The latest ERL-ER scores can be found here: erl-emergency/scoring-and-standings/index.html
The latest ERL-IR scores can be found here: erl-industry/scoring-and-standings/index.html
The ERL-ER prizes for task challenges were awarded during the Awards Ceremony for the emergency robots competition held at Piombino, Italy on 15-23 September 2017. The ERL-ER prizes for functional challenges will be awarded at the Gala Dinner on 14 March 2018.
Pedro U Lima
Instituto de Sistemas e Robotica
Instituto Superior Tecnico — Torre Norte
Av. Rovisco Pais, 1
Phone: +351 218 418 274
Notes for editors
European Robotics League
The European Robotics League (ERL) is the successor to the RoCKIn, euRathlon and EuRoC robotics competitions, funded by the EU and designed to foster scientific progress and innovation in cognitive systems and robotics. The ERL is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and runs competitions for service (ERL-SR), industrial (ERL-IR) and emergency robots (ERL-ER).
The ERL is part of the SPARC public-private partnership set up by the European Commission and the euRobotics association to extend Europe’s leadership in civilian robotics. SPARC’s €700 million of funding from the Commission in 2014–0 is being combined with €1.4 billion of funding from European industry.
euRobotics is a European Commission-funded non-profit organisation which promotes robotics research and innovation for the benefit of Europe’s economy and society. It is based in Brussels and has more than 250 member organisations.