Robots for resilient infrastructure

Cancellation of Robotic Challenge 2020

We regret to announce the cancellation of the Robotic Challenge 2020: Robots for Resilient Infrastructure scheduled for 23-24 June 2020.

We have sadly taken this decision in light of the measures now necessary to control the rapid spread of Covid-19. The health and safety of our participants, attendees, staff and their wider contacts is our primary concern.

Due to the uncertainty as to when travel restrictions will be lifted, this meeting will not be rescheduled. Similarly, we do not believe that it is possible to deliver the event online at the high quality envisaged due to the disruption that everyone will be experiencing at this time.

We are very disappointed to have to take this decision and thank all of those who submitted entries to the challenge for their hard work.

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

A two day challenge event demonstrating 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.

Cash prizes totalling £5,500 are offered, 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).

The challenge

The event aims to bring together robotic systems with the potential to address the challenges facing future infrastructure. These may fall under, but are not limited to, the following technological  challenges:

We will also seek to understand how these technologies will integrate into our lives through the challenge:


Enter the challenge

We are seeking entries from robotic researchers and innovators who wish to showcase their robotic technologies at the event. It is expected that entries will be physically demonstrated at the event, however, where this not appropriate or possible then entries are permitted as short 3 minute videos.

Demonstrations will be judged by a panel of leading academics and industrialists. Cash prizes will be awarded for best technical innovation, greatest potential for impact, and best video.

The competition is free to enter and we encourage entries from around the world.

No challenges found.


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