The public will be able to get a preview of the domestic and healthcare services that robots could one day provide during a major robotics competition at the end of August in Lisbon, Portugal.

Five teams will compete to provide robotics services for home and healthcare applications, such as supporting older persons in their daily lives by welcoming visitors and providing a large variety of general-purpose services.

The Lisbon contest will be the second Major Tournament of the Service Robots challenge, which is run by the European Union-funded European Robotics League (ERL). The ERL also runs two related competitions, for industrial robots and for service robots. All the competitions are intended to foster scientific progress and innovation in cognitive systems and robotics.

The Lisbon event will be held on 28–31 August 2017 at the Institute for Systems and Robotics of the University of Lisbon’s Instituto Superior Técnico, simultaneously with the IEEE’s Robot and Human Interactive Communication conference (RO-MAN 2017).

Contestants are likely to have to compete in the following tasks:

• Getting to know my home

• Visiting my home

• Providing general-purpose services

• Object perception

• Navigation

• Speech recognition

The public interested in attending the ERL competition should contact the local organiser Pedro U. Lima at

The five teams competing in Lisbon will be:

•  SocRob@Home, ISR, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Website: SocRob@Home
•  Homer@UniKoblenz, University of Koblenz, Germany

Website: Homer

• Birmingham Autonomous Robotics Club (BARC), University of Birmingham, UK

Website: BARC

• HEARTS, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UK

Website: HEARTS

• Machinilog, Department of Computer Engineering, Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Website: Machinilog

Teams from EU-based universities and companies can apply for travel grants of up to €2,000 per team per year to take part in the ERL.

For more information about the Lisbon event, including the rules, go to

To find out more about the ERL, go to

Watch the European Robotics League promo video.

Press contact

Pedro U. Lima,

Instituto de Sistemas e Robotica, Instituto Superior Tecnico — Torre Norte.



Twitter: @ERLrobotleague


Contact for public access

Pedro U. Lima,

Instituto de Sistemas e Robotica, Instituto Superior Tecnico — Torre Norte.


Notes for editors

The European Robotics League is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n° 688441. 

It is part of the SPARC public-private partnership set up by the European Commission and euRobotics to extend Europe’s leadership in civilian robotics. SPARC’s €700 million of funding from the Commission in 2014̶20 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.