euRathlon and ERL Emergency: A Multi-domain Multi-robot Grand Challenge for Search and Rescue Robots

Alan F. T. Winfield, Marta Palau Franco, Bernd Brueggemann, Ayoze Castro, Gabriele Ferri, Fausto Ferreira, Xingcun Liu, Yvan Petillot, Juha Roning, Frank Schneider, Erik Stengler, Dario Sosa, Antidio Viguria

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In this paper we outline the euRathlon 2015 and the ERL Emergency 2017 Grand Challenge robotics competitions, and the results and lessons learned from euRathlon 2015. Staged at Piombino, Italy in September 2015, euRathlon 2015 was the world’s first multi-domain (air, land and sea) multi-robot search and rescue competition. In a mock disaster scenario inspired by the 2011 Fukushima NPP accident the euRathlon 2015 Grand Challenge required teams of robots to cooperate to map the area, and missing workers and stem a leak. The second edition of the competition will be held also in Piombino in September 2017, under the name of ERL Emergency and as part of the new European Robotics League initiative.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationROBOT 2017
Subtitle of host publicationThird Iberian Robotics Conference
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783319708362
ISBN (Print)9783319708355
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


  • Competitions
  • Field robotics
  • Land air and sea robots
  • Multi-robot systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)


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