Barcelona, 12 December 2017
The material shows how five international teams worked hard to handle a range of challenges in a simulated home environment at the PAL Robotics offices. The challenges tested the robots' ability to help people with age-related impairments or disabilities in their daily lives — future commercial versions of such assistive robots could help people to remain independent.
The Barcelona contest was held on 22–24 November 2017 as part of the European Robotics Week, PAL Robotics, which has been developing service robots for retail, automotive, aeronautical, and research and development uses since it was formed in 2004, is the Platinum Sponsor of the ERL Service Robots competitions. It provided several of its TIAGo robots for the teams competing in Barcelona.
The ERL aims to boost research in assisted-living robotics by giving the teams valuable experience of real-life environments that require rapid learning and problem-solving. The ERL is funded by the European Commission and also runs competitions for emergency and industry robots.
"It is a European championship of robotics that seeks to develop innovation in order to maintain and extend the European leadership in robotics," said Carlos Vivas, the business manager of PAL Robotics.
ERL prizes will be awarded at the European Robotics Forum 2018, which will be held in Tampere, Finland on 13–15 March 2018.
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Other videos and images can be found here
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PAL Robotics contact
Tel: +34 93 414 53 47
For details of PAL Robotics’ TIAGo see: http://tiago.pal-robotics.com/
Notes for editors
The new video can be found here
Other videos and pictures can be found here
For non-edited video footage of the Barcelona competition contact Judith Viladomat at PAL Robotics (details above).
Teams that competed in Barcelona
University of Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz, Germany
Robotics Lab UC3M
Universidad Carlos III (UC3M), Madrid, Spain
Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, CSIC-UPC, Barcelona, Spain
Healthcare Engineering and Assistive Robotics Technology Systems (HEARTS)
Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR) from Instituto Superior Técnico University, Lisbon, Portugal
Barcelona competition scores
Find the scores here
European Robotics League
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. old.eu-robotics.net/sparc
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.