source: official website
euRathlon is a new outdoor robotics competition which invites teams to test the intelligence and autonomy of their robots in realistic mock emergency-response scenarios. The first competition, euRathlon 2013 for land-based robots, took place in Berchtesgaden, Germany. The second competition, euRathlon 2014 for underwater robots, was held in La Spezia, Italy. Inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident, the euRathlon final competition in 2015 will require a team of terrestrial, marine and aerial robots to work collaboratively to survey the scene, collect environmental data and identify critical hazards.
Linked public engagement activities connect euRathlon with robotics research, industry and emergency services, as well as the general public. Attendance of spectators is welcomed, and we hope that euRathlon events will attract considerable press and media attention. By targeting a specific and urgent need – intelligent robots for disaster-response – euRathlon provides European robotics with a platform for challenging, extending and showcasing European cognitive robotics technologies.
The euRathlon competitions are supported by annual workshops for competitors. In parallel, there is an open process of developing benchmarks to allow comparison of different robots in the euRathlon competitions. The euRathlon consortium has been awarded funding, to create and run the competitions and workshops, by the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7). Professor Alan Winfield, of UWE Bristol, is leading the consortium with partner organisations:
• Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)
• Centre for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC)
• Fraunhofer FKIE
• Heriot-Watt University
• Platforma Oceanica de Canarias (PLOCAN)
• University of Oulu