SciRoc is a EU-H2020 funded project supporting the European Robotics League (ERL), and whose aim is to bring all ERL tournaments in the context of smart cities.
A key novelty of the SciRoc project is the introduction of robots in smart cities in ERL challenges and, in particular, the ERL Smart Cities, whose aim is to show how robots will integrate in the cities of the future as physical agents living in them. This adds a new challenge to ERL, which will be pursued through the organisation of two Smart CIties RObotics Challenges (The SciRoc Challenges) in years 2019 and 2021.
Leveraging the functionalities developed within the other challenges of the European Robotics League (ERL Consumer, ERL Professional and ERL Emergency, robots will be required to cooperate with the smart city infrastructure and interact with its citizens, accomplishing tasks of different nature in different scenarios – assisting customers, providing professional services and supporting during emergency situations.
The first ERL Smart CIty RObotic Challenge (the SciRoc challenge) will be held in Milton Keynes (UK) from September 16th to September 22nd, 2019.
The challenge in focus on smart shopping and will be divided into a series of episodes, each consisting in a task to be performed through addressing specific research challenges. During each episode, robots will have to cooperate continuously with the digital infrastructure of the smart shopping mall (the centre:MK) in order to accomplish their tasks. Teams are expected to participate in one or more episodes according to their research interests. For more details, click here.
The SciRoc’s consortium originally selected a set of episodes, now, thanks to the contribution of the teams, we have the final list of the five episodes that will be part of the competition. We solicit teams interested in taking part to the 1st SciRoc challenge to provide their input on the design and format of the competition by providing comments on the current drafts of the rulebooks of each episode.
ERL local and major tournaments are based in Europe and are open to international participation. Teams will compete in three vibrant categories (ERL Consumer, ERL Professional, ERL Emergency) leveraging techniques from industrial, service and emergency robotics.
Competitors will engage in annual local tournaments organised by a consortium of Europe’s most prestigious robotics institutes. Biennial major tournaments will be held in smart cities, where robots from all three categories will come together to interact with the smart infrastructure in familiar urban settings.