ERL Professional Local Tournament, Nottingham, UK, May 2022
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The first HEART-MET field campaign will take place at the Cobot Maker Space at the University of Nottingham from May 23 - 27, 2022.

The competition is organized by HEART-MET under the METRICS framework, and includes a shared benchmark with the European Robotics League (ERL) Professional competition. HEART-MET targets robots that function in an assistive capacity in a home, or healthcare environment such as a nursing home or hospital. ERL Professional (https://www.eu-robotics.net/robotics_league/erl-professional/about/index.html) is a competition framework for mobile robot assistants in professional settings such as factories, grocery stores, hospitals etc. Typical tasks include locating and transporting items and performing collaborative tasks with humans. Therefore, this competition will benchmark robots on several perception, manipulation and human-robot interaction tasks.

### Important Dates ###
12th April, 2022 - Deadline for submission of expression of interest
25th April, 2022 - Deadline to confirm participation
23nd May, 2022 - Competition start
27th May, 2022 - Competition end

### How to participate ###
Teams and individuals from academia and industry are welcome to participate in this competition.
Please fill out the online form as an expression of interest by April 12th, 2022. Selected teams will be contacted for further details.
Online form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSn51rQCq7v3PHZYZL7sSk-ofsXw1fHiPlSifge8qHBIVWAg/viewform

### Benchmarks ###
Teams can participate in any or all of the following functional (FBM) and task (TBM) benchmarks. Based on the level of interest, some benchmarks may not be conducted during the competition.
Each benchmark will be evaluated over multiple trials with several variations of objects, locations, persons, time of day etc.

FBMs:
- Object detection: The robot should detect a target object on a surface in front of it
- Person detection: The robot should detect a person at a known location within an indoor environment
- Activity recognition: The robot should recognize an activity performed by a person
- Gesture recognition: The robot should recognize a gesture performed by a person
- Cluttered Pick [shared with ERL Professional]: The robot should pick an object from a cluttered surface and place it in a container
- Handover Object: The robot should hand over an object to a person
- Receive Object: The robot should receive an object from a person

TBMs:
- Assess Activity State: The robot should assess the activity state of a person using both visual activity recognition and by engaging in a dialogue with the person. This TBM will require the robot to navigate within an indoor environment, detect persons, visually recognize activities and engage in a dialogue by speech generation and recognition.
- Item Delivery: The robot should navigate to a given location, locate and grasp a target object, transport the object to a person at a given location and hand over the object to the person. Hence, this TBM will require functionalities such as indoor navigation, object detection, grasping, person detection and object handover.

The latest rulebook can be found here: https://github.com/HEART-MET/rulebook/

HEART-MET
Deebul Nair
deebul.nair@h-brs.de
 
Cobot Maker Space, The Nottingham Geospatial Building
Triumph Road
NG7 2TU Nottingham
United Kingdom
   23.05.2022 - 27.05.2022
08:00 - 18:00

 
  
 
 
ERL Consumer Local Tournament, Lisbon, PT June 2022
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* Due to the COVID-19 outbreak our entire 2020/21 ERL season has been postponed until 2022.*

We are pleased to announce a Local Tournament on the ERL Consumer Service Robots (ERL Consumer) challenge, to be held between 20-24 June 2022 at the Institute for Systems and Robotics of IST, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

For the ERL-SR Tournaments, the following task and functionality benchmarks will be (tentatively) considered:

TBM1: Getting to Know My Home
TBM2: Welcoming Visitors
TBM3: Catering for Granny Annie's Comfort
TBM4: Visit My Home

The full rulebook can be found here: https://www.eu-robotics.net/robotics_league/upload/erl-rulebooks/ERL_Consumer_2020_Updated.pdf

## Important dates: ##
15 April 2022 - Deadline for application
30 April 2022 - Qualification announcement
20 June 2022 - Competition begins
24 June 2022 - Competition ends

## Application procedure: ##
Applicant teams must send an email to erl.service@robotics-league.eu expressing their intention to participate in the Tournament and providing the following information about the team:
- Team name
- Team Leader name
- Total number of team members (including the team leader)
- Affiliation
- Contact information (e-mail and phone of team leader)
- Website
- Qualification material :
Team Description Paper (max. 4 pages) explaining the team’s approach to the technical challenges including a brief description of software and hardware architectures, the relation with the team research, and a list of relevant publications.
Video showing evidence of some performance in the tasks and/or functionalities of the challenge selected by the team

## Selection Criteria: ##
Teams will be selected for participation and travel support based on
- number of available slots for team participation in the tournament (3, in this case);
- team research quality, as measured from the TDP and list of relevant publications.

## Key Contacts: ##
Pedro Lima - pedro.lima@tecnico.ulisboa.pt
Meysam Basiri - basiri@isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Please see the dedicated google website for full details.

Institute for Systems and Robotics, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon (IST-ID)
Pedro U. Lima
pedro.lima@tecnico.ulisboa.pt
 
ISRoboNet@Home Test Bed, Institute for Systems and Robotics
Portugal
   20.06.2022 - 24.06.2022
08:00 - 18:00

 
  
 
 
ERL Emergency Local Tournament (air+land), Poznan, PL, June 2022
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* Due to the COVID-19 outbreak our entire 2020/21 ERL season has been postponed until 2022.*

It is our pleasure to announce a new edition of ERL Emergency competition to take place in Poznan (Poland) 20-25 June 2022.

The European Robotics League (ERL) is an innovative concept for robot competitions which stems from its predecessors, the euRathlon and RoCKIn competitions, and focuses on tasks that robots must execute in realistic environments. The ERL is composed of multiple Local Tournaments, held in different locations across Europe, and a few competitions as part of Major Tournaments. Teams participate in the tournaments (Local and/or Major) each year and get scores based on their performances.

Scores of the best participation in tournaments for each team are added and teams are ranked based on their cumulative score. Prizes for the top teams are awarded during the next year’s European Robotics Forum (ERF). Moreover, participating teams in the 2020/2021 Season are candidates to take part in the Major ERL Smart City tournament in the Fall 2021. For more information about ERL, please visit https://eu-robotics.net/robotics_league/.

As part of the 2020/2021 Season, and after the success of ERL Emergency competition in February 2019, we are pleased to announce a new tournament of the ERL Emergency challenge, to be held in Poznan (Poland) in June 2022.

For 2020/2021 ERL Emergency, the competition wishes to foster advanced developments on autonomous capabilities and seamless outdoor/indoor navigation for air and land robots, as these are important milestones to achieve for emergency robotic systems.

Advanced Center for Aerospace Technologies (CATEC), European Space Foundation (ESF), Poznan University of Technology and Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, within the SciRoc project.
Francisco J. Perez Grau
erl2022poznan@googlegroups.com
 

Poznań
Poland
   20.06.2022 - 25.06.2022
08:00 - 18:00

 
  
 
 
ERL Consumer Local Tournament, Nottingham, UK, June 2022
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* Due to the COVID-19 outbreak our entire 2020/21 ERL season has been postponed until 2022.*


Praminda Caleb-Solly
 
Cobot Maker Space, The Nottingham Geospatial Building
Triumph Road
NG7 2TU Nottingham
United Kingdom
   27.06.2022 - 01.07.2022
08:00 - 18:00

 
 
ERL Emergency Local Tournament (land+sea), La Spezia, Italy, July 2022
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* Due to the COVID-19 outbreak our entire 2020/21 ERL season has been postponed until 2022.*

We are pleased to announce the first Robotics for Asset Maintenance and Inspection (RAMI) Marine Robots competition that will be held at the NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), La Spezia, Italy, from 10 to 15 July 2022.

Organized in the framework of the METRICS EU project (https://metricsproject.eu/), the competition is part of the European Robotics League (ERL) Emergency season 2021-2022.

RAMI Marine Robots will include underwater robots working in an outdoor realistic environment. We will challenge the autonomy and cooperation of robotic systems in an Inspection & Maintenance scenario. A higher level of autonomy will be rewarded in the scoring. The CMRE protected seawater basin will host the activities of the Autonomous Underwater Robots.

Some of the tasks/functionalities that will be challenged are:
- autonomous underwater navigation;
- underwater pipes and structure inspection;
- object recognition;
- adaptive mission planning;
- underwater manipulation;

For full details, including detailed rules and the call for participation please visit: https://metricsproject.eu/inspection-maintenance/rami-physical-campaign-marine/

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Key Dates:
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15 April 2022 - Deadline for application Part 1
30 May 2022 - Deadline for application Part 2
10 June 2022 - Qualification announcement
10 July 2022 - Competition begins
15 July 2022 - Competition ends

Apply here: https://metricsproject.eu/inspection-maintenance/rami-physical-campaign-marine/

NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)
Gabriele Ferri
Gabriele.Ferri@cmre.nato.int
 
NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)
Viale S. Bartolomeo, 400
19126 La Spezia
Italy
   10.07.2022 - 15.07.2022
08:00 - 18:00

 
  
 
 
SciRoc Camp
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## Update ##
This event is now complete. Watch all robotics workshops and talks from our SciRoc Camp via our YouTube channel (link below).
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A week-long summit of robotics workshops and talks for bringing together the robotics community across Europe.

Last year we made a significant impact in the robotics community with the successful smart city SciRoc event. It saw the coming together of 3 different and distinct robotics community (Consumer, Professional and Emergency) and competing. We would like to ride on this success and expand the reach of the competition to a larger audience around Europe. The best way to do this will be to bring together our robotics community under a single roof where teams can share their problems and help each other in solving them. In order to boost this community building event we have week long camp where research labs and industry experts from all the different fields of robotics come together and share their experiences.

The Gerhard K. Kraetzschmar Memorial Symposium and the SciRoc Camp will be held from Monday, 21 September to Friday, 25 September, 2020. The SciRoc Camp is an online event for sharing information on advances in robotics benchmarks. The event aims to connect robotics benchmark developers and robotics researchers around the world. At this camp, the world’s top robotics teams will share their latest results through a webcast.

The full schedule of speakers and live stream are available via the Google website link on this page.

Hochshule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Deebul Nair
deebul.nair@h-brs.de
 
H-BRS
Grantham-Allee 20
53757 Sankt Augustin
Germany
 
Gerhard K. Kraetzschmar Memorial Symposium
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## Update ##
This event is now complete. Watch all robotics talks from our symposium via our YouTube channel (link below).
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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, and who have worked with Prof. Kraetzschmar for decades, will share key insights and their take on the current state of robotics.

The full schedule of speakers and live stream are available via the Google website link on this page.

Hochshule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Deebul Nair
deebul.nair@h-brs.de
 
H-BRS
Grantham-Allee 20
53757 Sankt Augustine
Germany
 
ERL Consumer Live Demo, Lisbon, PT, 2020
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## Update ##
This event is now complete. Catch up now and watch the best moments of each FBM, together with verbal explanations and the RSBB operation, as well as the full record of the live stream via our YouTube channel (link below).
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Due to the pandemic situation, the European Robotics League (ERL) Consumer Lisbon Local Tournament planned for this coming week within the frame of the H2020 SciRoc project, will not take place.

Nevertheless, the local SocRob@Home team will go ahead with a sequence of real test demos (not counting for awards and/or Season rankings) on the newly introduced (but not tested before) Functionality Benchmarks FBMs 4-6 (on people detection and following, and on object manipulation). This will be streamed live via our YouTube channel.

The planned schedule is (Lisbon times, currently GMT)

- FBM4: Monday 16 Nov 10h-13h
- FBM5: Monday 16 Nov 14h-17h
- FBM6: Tuesday 17 Nov 10h-13h

Details can be found in the event web page.

Institute for Systems and Robotics, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon (IST-ID)
Pedro U. Lima / Meysam Basiri
pedro.lima@tecnico.ulisboa.pt / basiri@isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt
 
ISRoboNet@Home Test Bed, Institute for Systems and Robotics
Lisbon
Portugal
 
ERL Consumer Local Tournament, Bristol, UK, March 2022
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* Due to the COVID-19 outbreak our entire 2020/21 ERL season has been postponed until 2022.*

We are pleased to announce that the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), Bristol, UK will host the first ERL Consumer local tournament of the ERL 2022 Season (postponed from 2020/21). The BRL is a collaborative partnership between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol. The tournament will be hosted in the BRL’s Personalised Assisted Living Studio which is certified for use as an ERL Consumer Service Robots testbed.

## Key Dates: ##
Application deadline: 14 February 2022
Qualification announcement: 18 February 2022

## How to apply: ##
Interested teams should email sarah6.carter@uwe.ac.uk expressing their intention to participate in the tournament and provide the following information about the team:
- Team name
- Team Leader name
- Total number of team members (including the team leader)
- Affiliation
- Contact information (e-mail and phone number of team leader)
- Website (if applicable)

## Tournament Rules: ##
The rules of the competition can be downloaded from:
https://www.eu-robotics.net/robotics_league/upload/erl-rulebooks/ERL_Consumer_2020_Updated.pdf

The Task Benchmarks (TBM) and Functionality Benchmarks (FBMs) available at this tournament are:

TBM1: Getting to Know My Home
TBM2: Welcoming Visitors
TBM3: Catering for Granny Annie's Comfort
TBM4: Visit My Home

FBM3: Speech Understanding


Target audience
Participants:
Universities, research labs, industry and/or end-users.

Spectators:
The event will be open to the general public on: TBC.
Please contact the local organisers for more information.
 
Bristol Robotics Laboratory / European Robotics League
Sarah Carter
sarah6.carter@uwe.ac.uk
 
Bristol Robotics Laboratory, T Block, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane T Block
BS161QY Bristol
United Kingdom
 
ERL Consumer Local Tournament, Oldenburg, DE, May 2022
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* Due to the COVID-19 outbreak our entire 2020/21 ERL season has been postponed until 2022.*

### Key Dates ###
1 April 2022: Deadline for application
8 April 2022: Qualification announcement
2 May 2022: Competition begins
6 May 2022: Competition ends

More details to follow.

OFFIS Institute for Information Technology
Max Pfingsthorn
max.pfingsthorn@offis.de
0049 441 9722 450
 
OFFIS Institute for Information Technology
Escherweg 2
26121 Oldenburg
Germany
 
ERL Consumer Local Tournament, Leon ES May 2022
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* Due to the COVID-19 outbreak our entire 2020/21 ERL season has been postponed until 2022.*

As part of the 2021/22 Season, we are pleased to announce a Local Tournament of the ERL Consumer challenge, to be held between May 9th to May 13th, 2022 at León, Spain.

Important dates:
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24 Apr 2022 - Deadline for application
01 May 2022 - Qualification announcement
09 May 2022 - Competition begins
13 May 2022 - Competition ends

Rules:
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The rules of the competition can be downloaded from:
https://www.eu-robotics.net/robotics_league/upload/erl-rulebooks/ERL_Consumer_2020_Updated.pdf

For the Local ERL Consumer Tournament, the following task benchmarks (TBMs) will be (tentatively) considered:
• TBM1: Getting to Know My Home
• TBM2: Welcoming Visitors
• TBM3: Catering for Granny Annie's Comfort
• TBM4: Visit My Home

Besides, the following Functionality benchmarks (FBMs) will be (tentatively) considered:
• Object perception functionality
• Navigation functionality
• Speech Understanding Functionality
• People Perception Functionality

Important note: we are installing a new MoCap system, and we hope it will be prepared for the competition. However, teams should assume that the system might not be ready.

Application:
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Applicant teams must send an email to erl.service@robotics-league.eu expressing their intention to participate in the Tournament and providing the following information about the team:

- Team name
- Team Leader name
- Total number of team members (including the team leader)
- Affiliation
- Contact information (e-mail and phone of team leader)
- Website
- Qualification material (see below).

Qualification Material - applicants are required to submit (template can be downloaded from www.eu-robotics.net/robotics_league/upload/documents-2016/team-description-paper.zip

- Team Description Paper (TDP) (max. 4 pages, LNCS [3]) explaining the team’s approach to the technical challenges - including:
i) the list of TBMs the team intends to participate in
ii) a brief description of the robot system software and hardware architectures
iii) the relation with the team research - including a list of relevant publications
- Video showing evidence of some performance in the tasks and/or functionalities selected by the team

Selection Criteria:
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Teams will be selected for participation based on
- Number of available slots for team participation in the tournament;
- Team research quality, as measured from the TDP and list of relevant publications;

Target audience
Participants include undergraduate students, Master and PhD students, postdocs, researchers from universities.

General public will be welcomed. Contact the organisers for details.

 
Universidad de León
Ángel Manuel Guerrero Higueras
am.guerrero@unileon.es
 
MIC (Módulo de Investigación en Cibernética), University of León
Avenida de los Jesuitas
24007 Leon
Spain