The European Robotics League announces dates for new Emergency Robots competition


The European Robotics League (ERL) is glad to announce the dates for the major tournament of the ERL Emergency Robots competition. The ERL Emergency 2017 challenge will be held in Piombino, Italy, from 15-23 September 2017.

ERL Emergency Robots is a civilian, outdoor robotics competition, with a focus on realistic, multi-domain emergency response scenarios. Inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident, the ERL Emergency challenge can only be met when land, marine and flying robots work cooperatively. The competition itself sees International teams of various disciplines and organisations surveying the scene, collecting data, searching for missing workers and identifying critical hazards, all in a race against the clock.

This competition builds upon the success of euRathlon 2015 Grand Challenge, the first world’s robotics multi-domain competition that took place in Piombino, Italy in September 2015; and aims to push the state of the art in heterogeneous cooperative autonomous systems for emergency response.The challenge is open to universities, companies and industry interested in applying the results of robotics research and development to real world challenges.

The call for participation is now open.

ERL Emergency Robots 2017 is expected to go beyond the competition boundaries, aiming to cross-fertilise multiple robotics domain and foster discussions within the robotics community. ERL Emergency Robots 2017 will also provide a forum where roboticists from different areas can exchange ideas, show the state-of-the-art and outline the future of robotics research not only in Europe, but in the whole world.

Companies and academic institutions are invited to attend the event and present their work   and perform a demo as an exhibitor and/or as a sponsor. The call for sponsors is also open.

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Watch ERL Emergency Robots teaser video.

Watch euRathlon 2015 video resume

Key Dates

15-23 September 2017, Piombino, Turscany, Italy.