Teams requirements

We welcome teams from Universities, Research labs or Industry; from single organisations or with team members from multiple organisations. Although ERL Emergency Robots is a European initiative, non-European teams are also welcome and can participate.


Single-domain teams are named as air, land and sea teams according to their domain-specific robots.  To further promote multi-domain teams, in ERL Emergency 2017 competition there will not be single-domain trials. To participate in the Sub-Challenges and the Grand Challenge a single-domain team must join with teams in other domains to create a multi-domain team (two-domain or three-domain). Single-domain teams can look themselves for partners or can contact ERL Emergency Robots organisers to help find suitable candidates from other domains.

Multi-domain teams

Multi-domain teams should be created before the ERL Emergency 2017 competition starts. Any change in the multi-domain team must be communicated to the judges before the start of the competition. A multi-domain team cannot change its single-domain components (air, land or sea) during the competition period. Two-domain teams can only participate in Sub-challenges.

Robots requirements

There is no limitation on the number of robots in a team. However, for safety reasons, we will limit the number of robots in simultaneous use during competition, as follows:

Air: Only one UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) may be flying during the Sub-Challenge/Grand Challenge. The team may use more than one robot, but not simultaneously, in the allocated time-slot (up to a maximum of 3); in which case this must be communicated to judges prior the starting of the Sub-Challenge/Grand Challenge.

Land: Two UGVs (Unmanned Ground Vehicles) may be concurrently used on field during one Sub-Challenge/Grand Challenge.

Sea: One AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) and/or one USV (Unmanned Surface Vehicle) may be used during one Sub-Challenge/Grand Challenge. Note: ROV or AUV tele-operated are only allowed in the manipulation tasks.

Teams with novel approaches that fall outside the guidelines above can contact the organisers.

Requirements that must be met by the ground, aerial and marine robots:
Requirements for ground robots(last update 28/10/2016)
Requirements for marine robots (last update 28/10/2016)
– Requirements for aerial robots (last update 28/10/2016)

See ERL Emergency Rulebook for detailed information on the requirements. (Last update 19/05/2017)

For updates please check regularly ERL website.