AI News, Europe Gears Up for Land, Air, and Sea Robotics Competition

Europe Gears Up for Land, Air, and Sea Robotics Competition

Piombino, a small, scenic port town in Tuscany,Italy, is preparing for arobot invasion this week.More than40 robots and150 scientists and engineers are gathering here to compete in the euRathlon 2015 Grand Challenge.

Inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident, the euRathlon is a unique multi-domain (land, air, and sea) robotics competition that will feature teams from 21 countries and test their cooperative robotic systems in complex, realistic tasks as part of a simulatedemergency-response operation.

The goalof theeuRathlon challengeis encouraging collaboration and research in robotics, with a focus on emergency response, as well as developing methods ofassessing robotperformancethrough an open benchmarking process.

The 2015 challengewill run from 17 to 25 September, and the main event will consist of a robotics competition taking place near a thermal power plant in Piombino.

Ground, marine, and aerial robots will have to work together to perform a range of tasks in a simulated disaster zone, collecting environmental data, identifying critical hazards, and searching for missing workers and dangerous leaks.


euRathlon is now changing to ERL Emergency Robots, as part of the new European Robotics League (ERL).  ERL Emergency continues the work of euRathlon, and is an outdoor multi-domain robotic competition inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident.


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.

Inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident, the euRathlon competition requires a team of land, underwater and flying robots to work together to survey the scene, collect environmental data, and identify critical hazards.

Leading up to this ‘grand challenge’ in 2015, there were directly related land and underwater robot competitions in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Linked public engagement activities connect euRathlon with robotics research, industry and emergency services, as well as the general public.

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), grant agreement n° 601205.