Lisbon live — robots compete in services contest

Viewers will this week be able to watch a live feed of a robot competition in Lisbon, Portugal that will show how robots could in future provide domestic and healthcare services in everyday lives.

From today, viewers will be able to see five international teams taking part in a Major Tournament of the European Robotics League Service Robots (ERL-SR) competition on 29–31 August. The teams will tackle tasks such as supporting people with impaired mobility by welcoming visitors to someone’s home.

The ERL competition is intended to foster scientific progress and innovation in cognitive systems and robotics. ERL also runs industrial and emergency robot competitions.

The live feed from Lisbon will give viewers an idea of the potential future uses of robots for domestic and healthcare services. Viewers watching the teams will also learn more about the practical difficulties of providing robotics services, including tasks such as speech recognition and recognising objects.

The live stream of the ERL-SR event is available from 29 August 2017 on YouTube at and will be available for viewing after the event. It will also be available after the event on the ERL website (

The five teams competing in Lisbon are:

• 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




Press contact

Pedro U. Lima,

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



Twitter: @ERLrobotleague



Notes for editors

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.


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.