The ERC Space and Robotics Event is the largest international robotics and space competition in Europe. University teams from around the world build their own Martian robots, and then take part in competitions similar to the tasks performed by rovers on the surfaces of Mars and the Moon.

Participation in the ERC competition is a unique opportunity for each competitor to improve their own competences and present their skills in front of representatives of the world of science and business, the new-tech sector and the general public. The new, hybrid ERC formula allows all willing teams to take part in the competition, regardless of which place on Earth they are during the event. Remote control of robots not only equalizes the chances of all participants, but also brings the course of the competition even closer to the real working conditions of NASA or ESA teams. Through a specially designed virtual platform, imitating the largest artificial Martian track in the smallest details, the teams will have to create the appropriate algorithms and program the robot to compete in two field competitions.

News

ERC 2020 Registration Schedule

January 27th 2020 – March 26th 2020

Team registration for ERC 2020

Until 21st May, 2020

Deadline to send in a Preliminary Report by each registered team

11th June, 2020

Announcement of the list of qualified teams

16th July, 2020

Deadline for the delivery of video documentation

27th August, 2020

Deadline for submitting the report and the required forms

How to register?

To register a team to participate in the competition, complete the application form below and send it along with the attachments listed in the competition regulations to the following address: teams@roverchallenge.eu

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who can apply to participate in the competition?

The ERC is a university team competition, therefore a minimum of 75% of the team must be students, PhD students or recent university graduates. Cooperation with specialists in various fields is allowed, however, the documentation required in the competition should be prepared only by team members. More information on this subject can be found in the regulations, which you can download from our website.

When and how can we apply with our team to the next edition of ERC?

The current registration schedule is available on our website, in the Competitor Zone tab. If you want to submit your team, start by reading the regulations, where you will find all the necessary information. Then download the attachments listed in them, fill them out and send them to teams@roverchallenge.eu. Remember that it is necessary to send ALL the data listed in the regulations along with the consent form.

What should the team that applies to the competition for the first time pay attention to?

First of all, do not underestimate the phase of preparing the documentation. Many teams treat it as an introduction to further activities, but it is a very important element of the competition. First, the ability to prepare it is essential in the work of most engineers. Secondly, the number of teams that will take part in the competition is limited and it is on the basis of the documentation that the jury will decide whether you will be part of that group.

Will the ERC organizers help us find sponsors?

No. We are not able to provide such support equally for all teams and it would not be fair to help a few chosen ones. We try to help you by giving up on the entry fee. Besides, searching for sponsors on your own is very important and will be a valuable lesson for you in the future. It is worth considering from the very beginning whether and how you can commercialize your work in order to prove to potential sponsors that it is worth investing in you.

Is participation in the competition payable?

Registration and participation in the competition do not require any fees to the organizer.

Does the hybrid form of the competition mean that we cannot be in the place where the Martian track is located?

Remote control of robots is to equalize the chances of all participants and enable teams to participate from anywhere. So, there is no reason why you should not be near the track then, but you have to remember that the same rules apply to you and to the other participants. Even when you are close to the robot, you have to control it only with the use of a specially prepared platform.

What prizes can the winners of the competition expect?

The prizes for the winners and awarded teams are announced every year, before the final of the event, and information about them is available, among others, in the News tab.

JURY

Piotr Węclewski

Head of the ERC judging panel, responsible for program content and development. Specialization: robotics and space engineering.

A specialist in the Robotics R&D department at AIRBUS with several years of experience in research and industry, dealing with many topics related to navigation, simulation and control of rovers. Interested in new technologies and robotics in the field of exploration and exploitation in space.

Robert Lubański

Main referee in the Maintenance competition. Specialization: engineering education. Responsible for the design and implementation of the competition infrastructure.

Since 2016, the president of Mars Society Poland, with which he has been associated with since 2007. He supports the development of robotics among Polish students, among others, by co-organizing their trips to the University Rover Challenge and coordinating the project to popularize the idea of ​​building Martian robots at Polish technical universities. From the very beginning, he was involved in the organization of the European Rover Challenge in Poland.

Krzysztof Walas

Deputy head of the ERC judging panel, responsible for coordinating the team preparing the virtual environment for remote competitions. Specialization: automation and robotics.

Assistant professor at the Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (IRIM), Division of Control, Robotics and Electrical Engineering, Poznan University of Technology. He obtained a doctorate in technical sciences in 2012 in the discipline of Automatics and Robotics, specialization in Robotics. His scientific interests are walking robots and the perception of the robots' environment that allows them to interact with the environment based on the laws of physics – recognizing materials and modeling their properties. His internship took place at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Full list of judges

ERC Space and Robotics Event 2020

Judge

Piotr Węclewski

Affiliation

Airbus

Specialization

Space Robotics engineering

Judge

Krzysztof Walas

Affiliation

Poznan University of Technology

Specialization

Automation and Robotics

Judge

PCSS and Poznań University Of Technology

Judge

Robert Lubański

Affiliation

Mars Society Poland

Specialization

Engineer-educator

Judge

Wojciech Głażewski

Affiliation

Mars Society Poland

Specialization

Mechanical design, robotics systems, URC competitions

Judge

Anna Łosiak

Affiliation

University of Exeter, Institute of Geological Sciences PAS

Specialization

Planetary Geology

Judge

Marcin Wygachiewicz

Affiliation

SENER/PSPA

Specialization

Space mechanics, management

Judge

Kamil Grassmann

Affiliation

Mine Best sp. z o. o.

Specialization

Space projects management, Space mechanics design

Judge

Grzegorz Gajoch

Affiliation

Freelancer

Specialization

Embedded systems, RF systems

Judge

Maciej Ślęk

Affiliation

Freelancer

Specialization

Software/gameplay development, Martian rover simulators

Judge

Krystyna Macioszek

Affiliation

GMV

Specialization

On-board Software Engineer

Judge

Tadeusz Kocman

Affiliation

Syderal Polska/ PSPA

Specialization

Space electronics, space business development

Judge

Grzegorz Ambroszkiewicz

Affiliation

PIAP Space

Specialization

Space systems and robotics

Judge

Robert Marc

Affiliation

Airbus

Specialization

Planetary rovers, simulaitons and modelling

Judge

Tomasz Zajkowski

Affiliation

NASA Ames

Specialization

Astrobiology

Judge

Krzysztof Gadzik

Affiliation

Mars Society Polska

Judge

Katarzyna Gajewska

Affiliation

Mars Society Polska

Specialization

Geology

Judge

Magda Baranowska

Affiliation

Mars Society Polska

Specialization

Geology

Judge

Tobiasz Janczak

Affiliation

Mars Society Polska

Specialization

Geology