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CMRE announces dates and location of the next robotics Grand Challenge

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Following the success of euRathlon 2015, ERL Emergency Robots will be held in Piombino (Italy) on 15-23 September 2017.

Less than 100 minutes, a race against the clock to survey the scene of a simulated disaster, collect environmental data, and identify critical hazards, find and help missing workers. This is a challenge that only ground, marine and aerial robots can tackle effectively by working together. And this is the challenge proposed by the international robotics competition which returns again this summer to Piombino (Italy) as part of the major tournament of the European Robotics League – Emergency Robots challenge. The ERL Emergency 2017 event will be locally organised on 15-23 September, near the Enel-owned thermal power plant at Torre del Sale, by the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), based in La Spezia (Italy), which masterminded the euRathlon project’s final competition in 2015 in the same venue.

Dates and location of the competition were announced on 22 February 2017 during a press conference held by CMRE and Municipality in Piombino (Italy).
ERL Emergency Robots is a civilian, outdoor robotics competition with a focus on realistic, multi-domain emergency response scenarios. For 9 days international teams of university students and industry experts will test their robots’ abilities to tackle more and more complex real-world situations in front of an international jury. For the first time robots will be also required to release autonomously emergency kits to simulate missing workers. Innovative solutions and remarkable levels of autonomy will be rewarded.

The European Robotics League is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research, under the RockEU2 project grant agreement n.688441. The consortium, led by the European Association euRobotics (partnering with the European Commission through the SPARC programme), also organises the ERL Industrial Robots and the ERL Service Robots competitions, focused on manipulation, handling, autonomy and human-robot cooperation. The European Robotics League aims to provide a platform for challenging, developing and showcasing robotics technologies, bridging the gap between industry, research and public.

ERL Emergency 2017 is organised under the patronage of Regione Toscana and Provincia di Livorno.

Download the press release.

See the European Robotics League promo video.


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