SciRoc is an EU-H2020 funded project supporting the European Robotics League (ERL), whose aim is to bring ERL tournaments into smart cities.
The ERL is a framework for robotics competitions currently consisting of three challenges: ERL Consumer, ERL Professional and ERL Emergency. These three challenge scenarios will be set up in urban environments and converge every two years under one major tournament: ERL Smart Cities.
A key novelty of the SciRoc project is the introduction of robots in smart cities through ERL challenges and, in particular, the ERL Smart Cities, whose aim is to show how robots will integrate in the cities of the future as physical agents living in them. This adds a new challenge to ERL, which will be pursued through the organisation of two Smart CIties RObotics Challenges (The SciRoc Challenges) in 2019 and 2021.
Leveraging the functionalities developed within the other challenges of the European Robotics League (ERL Consumer, ERL Professional and ERL Emergency), robots will be required to cooperate with a simulated smart city infrastructure and interact with its citizens, accomplishing tasks such as assisting customers, providing professional services and supporting during emergency situations.