The European Conference on Educational Robotics (ECER) is an international scientific conference for students. Researchers present their findings in engaging talks, show their robots live, and partake as judges in exciting robot competitions, including the official European Regional Botball Competition and the PRIA Open. Participating teams give scientific talks about their robots, projects and experiences in English.
Engaging students in Robotics and Science.
Botball is a non-destructive, team-oriented robotics competition that gives every team the same chances. Each team gets a robotics set consisting of metal and Lego parts, sensors and actuators, two robot controllers, as well as a vacuum cleaning robot. New competition tasks are developed every year and only published at the Botball workshop at the beginning of the new season, giving every team the same time for developing their strategies and robots. Special focus is given to planning, documentation, and quality of technical solutions. Besides winning the competition, special awards are granted for best programming, best mechanical engineering and best documentation. Team-oriented, exciting, fair!
All information about the official Botball tournament are available to teams at homebase.kipr.org. In addition to the Botball documentation, a paper is part of the overall score at ECER; please see our Call for Papers for details.
Are you looking for an inexpensive and fast way for learning robotics and experiencing a tournament? Then this might be the right choice. As opposed to Botball, this tournament is not restricted to any age or group size, or any robotics parts as long as they are inexpensive. The PRIA Open is a separate tournament besides the events of the Botball program at ECER. It is based on the Botball game table, the rules are equal to the Botball game and will be announced at the workshop.
The official Botball Game Document is valid for the PRIA Open tournament, except for the limitation of teams to students, and the allowed parts for robots. At ECER, a paper is part of the tournament score; please see our Call for Papers.
If you have always wanted to watch your drone navigate autonomously through obstacles, the PRIA Aerial competition is for you. As opposed to Botball, everyone can participate in this tournament – there is no age limit! Also, you can use any robotics parts you like. You must use an autonomous flying object (drone) to solve the task.
If you have any questions please ask them in the forum.
It is up to you which kind of robot you want to use. Our recommendations: AR.Drone 2.0 (~300 €) / Crazyflie Nano (~115 €).
Since 2016, we’re also running an underwater robot tournament. We provide the robotic submarine, you program it! During the competition, you will tackle navigation and other tasks. A whole new experience!
Depending on interest, the Underwater competition will return at ECER 2017.
Apart from robotics competitions, research is a fundamental part of ECER! Every year, we invite established researchers to shed light on recent advances in robotics and related fields. Furthermore, our Call for Papers invites everyone, including students, to present their experiences in a paper, or even give a talk at the conference.
You can find this year’s topics in the Call For Papers.
A permanent attraction of the ECER are the robotics showcases. They ranged from the first mobile robot for use in fire departments to a pancake robot. Our guests have started just as our competition participants: as young, interested, robotics students – let’s keep the enthusiasm!
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