Inspired by the 2011 Fukushima accident, euRathlon is a new outdoor robotics competition, with teams invited to test the intelligence and autonomy of their robots in realistic mock emergency-response scenarios.
Initially, land based robots are targeted for euRathlon 2013, which takes place between 23-27 September in Berchtesgaden,Germany. In 2014, the focus shifts to air based vehicles, leading up to a ‘grand challenge’ in 2015, where teams of land, underwater and flying robots will work together to survey the scene, collect environmental data, and identify critical hazards.
The competitions will be supported by annual workshops, linked public engagement activities and an open process of developing benchmarks to allow comparison of different robots.
The competition is organised by a consortium including NATO’s Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), the University of the West of England (UWE) and the Fraunhofer Institute. A total of €1.65million was awarded to the consortium under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), in order to run the competitions.
The deadline forcompetition application is 1 March 2013.
Draft scenarios are available here further updates can be obtained at euRathlon@uwe.ac.uk