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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 1st SciRoc challenge

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.

We solicit teams interested in taking part to the 1st SciRoc challenge to provide their input on the design and format of the competition. A preliminary set of episodes has been identified by the SciRoc’s consortium, as listed below. In order to maximise attendance, we invite all interested teams to express their preferences on the episodes they would be willing to compete in, through submitting their EoI via the following online form.

 

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E01 – Attract a customer

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E02 – Shopping Guide

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E03 – Deliver coffee shop orders

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E04 – Take the elevator

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E05 – Unattended item

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E06 – Wipe a poured drink

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E07 – Serve goodies

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E08 – At the checkout desk

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E09 – Cart push

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E10 – Open the door

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E11 – Find a lost dog with a drone

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E12 – Fast delivery of emergency pills

The European Robotics League

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.

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ERL Smart Cities

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ERL Consumer

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ERL Professional

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ERL Emergency

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💥 BREAKING NEWS! PAL Robotics is opening a #Call for the loan of 10 #TIAGoRobot to teams who want to participate in the 1st @ERLrobotleague #SciRoc2019 Challenge, a #roboticscompetition to make robots assist customers in a mall. Interested? 👉👉👉 https://t.co/sNw8NAoPoR

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