SciRoc is an EU-H2020 funded project supporting the European Robotics League (ERL), whose aim is to bring ERL tournaments into smart cities.
The ERL is a framework for robotics competitions currently consisting of three challenges: ERL Consumer, ERL Professional and ERL Emergency. These three challenge scenarios will be set up in urban environments and converge every two years under one major tournament: ERL Smart Cities.
A key novelty of the SciRoc project is the introduction of robots in smart cities through 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 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 a simulated smart city infrastructure and interact with its citizens, accomplishing tasks such as assisting customers, providing professional services and supporting during emergency situations.
Watch the full video from the 2019 SciRoc challenge:
SciRoc 2021 took place at the historic Palazzo Re Enzo, from Monday 6th - Friday 10th September 2021. 13 international teams joined the competition. Given the restrictions and...
ERL local and major tournaments are based in Europe and are open to international participation. Teams have traditionally competed in three categories (ERL Consumer, ERL Professional, ERL Emergency) leveraging techniques from industrial, service and emergency robotics. To these three categories we have now added a new challenge, ERL Smart Cities, which offers a unique opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of using a variety of types of robots in different living contexts. The ERL Smart Cities Robotics Challenge will take place every two years and will showcase how robots can operate in urban environments to provide services to citizens. The first such tournament will take place in Milton Keynes, UK, on 18-21 September, 2019.
Please visit https://sciroc.org/challenge-description/ to learn more about the first ERL Smart City Robotic Challenge and https://www.eu-robotics.net/robotics_league/ to find out more about the activities of the European Robotics League.