Robotic Challenge 2020: Robots for resilient infrastructure

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We would like to invite submissions to the:


Robotic Challenge 2020: Robots for resilient infrastructure


23 and 24th June 2020, Weetwood Hall, Leeds, UK


Cash prizes totalling £5,500, supported by Anglian Water & Synthotech

Robotic Challenge 2020 webpage


‘Robots for resilient infrastructure to reduce disruption, improve worker safety, save money and resources, for a cleaner environment, to make life better.’ 


This two day challenge event will demonstrate cutting-edge robots and autonomous systems to create, inspect, repair and maintain our critical infrastructure.


Alongside showcasing technical advances, the event will create a space to discuss the benefits and impacts of adopting such technology, and what we need to do to prepare for the future.


The event will bring those with responsibility for infrastructure, contractors, policy makers and city builders together with researchers and innovators in this area, to create a broad vision of the challenges and opportunities for infrastructure robotics. Applications for such robots cover broad domains including civil infrastructure, transport (road, rail, sea), offshore energy, space, and nuclear.


We are currently inviting submissions for the following:

  • Robotic challenge: Enter your robotic and autonomous system to the challenge and demonstrate them at the event. Submit expressions of interest by 24 January 2020.
  • Posters: Share technical research and innovation in this area, and also work related to the benefits and impacts of adopting such technology. Submit abstracts by 15 March 2020.
  • Showcase stands: Show robotic and autonomous systems for infrastructure that are in development or are already being implemented. Submit stand summaries by 15 March 2020.

See our Call for Participation (downloadable pdf) for a summary of the event and how you can get involved. The event is free to enter and participants showing at the event will be given free meeting registration and accommodation.

Full details on the challenge can be found on the Robotic Challenge 2020 webpage

The cash prizes totalling £5,500 are kindly supported by sponsorship from Anglian Water and Synthotech. The challenge is supported by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) through the Grand Challenge of “Balancing the Impact of City Infrastructure Engineering on Natural Systems using Robots” (Self-Repairing Cities). It is organised in collaboration with the UK RAS Network and UK Robotics Week