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Ready to take on SCIROC 2021?

SMART CITIES ROBOTICS CHALLENGE (SCIROC) 2021 : Call for interest now open! Deadline: Friday 30th April 2021. After the outstanding success of our first Smart Cities Robotics Challenge in Milton Keynes, UK, in which we estimate to have shown the state of the art in European robotics to around 650,000 people, we’re now seeking participants […]

Episodes released for SciRoc 2021!

The 2nd Smart City event is set to take place this coming September in Bologna, Italy. This year, the challenge will be focused around the theme of ‘Smart Inclusion’ and, as with our first SciRoc event, will be divided into a series of episodes, each consisting of a task to be performed through addressing specific […]

Bologna confirmed as Smart City host for SciRoc 2021!

We are thrilled to announce that the second edition of our Smart City Robotics Challenge (SciRoc) will take place in the beautiful city of Bologna, Italy from the 6th – 11th September 2021. Following the success of the first Smart City challenge hosted by Milton Keynes, UK in 2019, the second edition of SciRoc will […]

Gerhard K. Kraetzschmar Memorial Symposium and SciRoc Camp

The Gerhard K. Kraetzschmar Memorial Symposium and the SciRoc Camp will be held from Monday 21 September to Friday 25 September, 2020. The symposium is a week long summit of robotics talks to commemorate the life of Prof. Dr. Gerhard K. Kraetzschmar (1961 — 2019). Experts in various fields of robotics, from around the world, […]

Full program announced for ERF 2020 Workshop

We are happy to announce the full program of the Workshop “Empowering robotics research and tech transfer via competitions” taking place on 5th March from 8:30 to 10:00 and 10:45 to 12:15 at the European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2020 in Málaga, Spain, Room 4. http://erf2020.eu Part 1 program includes presentations from different competitions around the […]

Join us at the European Robotics Forum this March!

We are very excited to invite you to join us at our workshop: Empowering Robotics Research and Tech Transfer via Competitions, taking place at the European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2020 in Málaga, Spain on Thursday 5 March. The workshop will be split into two parts: 8:30-10:00 and 10:45-12:15. The first part is organised by members […]

Re-live the Action from the Sciroc Challenge with the SciRoc-Replay Application

Following the success of the recent SciRoc Challenge, the team at The Open University have been analysing the wealth of data that were exchanged between the robots taking part in the competition trials and the MK Data Hub over the course of the week. The MK Data Hub is a data infrastructure that supports the […]

Robotics competition looks for new European host city for 2021!

In September 2019, Milton Keynes, UK successfully hosted the first Smart City Robotics competition ‘SciRoc’ funded by the H2020 EU programme. The aim of the competition is to highlight the huge potential for the development of robotic applications in the context of a Smart City. The first SciRoc challenge was held in a Milton Keynes shopping […]

Watch the video from the 2019 SciRoc Challenge!

Well… what an event! A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, teams, volunteers and members of the public for getting involved and supporting the 2019 SciRoc Challenge, and to Milton Keynes for hosting us. We were thrilled to see so many people participating, asking questions, interacting with the robots and getting as excited […]

Images from the SciRoc Challenge

Below is a selection of photos from the 1st SciRoc Challenge, held in Milton Keynes (UK) on September 18-21, 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 SciRoc Challenge!

Congratulations to the winners of the 1st SciRoc Challenge, held in Milton Keynes (UK) on September 18-21, 2019 Episode 3 – Deliver Coffee Shop Orders: Leeds Autonomous Service Robots – LASR (University of Leeds, UK) Episode 4 – Take the elevator: Gentlebots (Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain) Episode 7 – Shopping pick and pack: b-it-bots […]

Public Q&A Friday 20th Sept: Scared or excited about the future of AI?

Experts in Artificial Intelligence (AI) from around Europe are coming to Milton Keynes this week and will be taking part in a Question-Time type debate with the general public. Surveys carried out in the UK and across Europe show that the public are excited by the possibilities of robotics and AI, but also concerned about […]

SciRoc paper accepted for presentation at the the IEEE-Roman 2019 conference

As part of the SciRoc project, a team of researchers from La Sapienza University in Rome (Lun Wang, Luca Iocchi, Andrea Marrella and Daniele Nardi) has developed a dedicated questionnaire to investigate customers’ perceptions with respect to Episode 4 from the upcoming SciRoc challenge, which will take place in Milton Keynes on September 16-22, 2019. […]

SciRoc at MK Futures 2050

The SciRoc team (specifically, Matthew Studley and Mark Wilson from UWE and Enrico Motta, Ian Pulford, Gianluca Bardaro and Agnese Chiatti from the OU) are currently camping in Middleton Hall in Central Milton Keynes, showcasing robotics technology and advertising the forthcoming ERL Smart CIty RObotic Challenge, which will be held in Milton Keynes on 16-21 […]

The official sponsors are announced!

The 2019 SciRoc Challenge will involve several industrial and academic partners.   PAL Robotics is on-board for the project-level organisation. This company, leader in the Research and Development of humanoid robots, provides a platform for companies, universities and end-customers at all levels to customise, based on their daily tasks.   The competition will be hosted […]