ICRA 2023

METRICS HEART-MET Physically Assistive Robot Challenge

We are happy to invite you to participate in the ICRA 2023 METRICS HEART-MET Physically Assistive Robot Challenge, which will take place at ExCeL London from May 29th to June 1st, 2023.

In this challenge, an assistive robot is tasked with fetching an item for a person in a home. The person communicates to the robot the item they would like, and where it is located. The robot should navigate to the given location, find the item, grasp it, and bring it back to the person and safely hand it over to them. The assistive robot should have several capabilities, including socially acceptable interruption, speech and gesture recognition, navigation, object perception and manipulation, safe and socially acceptable physical human-robot interaction and collaboration for object handovers.

The challenge is based on several functional and task benchmarks from the HEART-MET competition developed in the context of the METRICS project, building on previous competitions such as RoCKIn and RockEU2.

How to Participate

Interested teams should submit qualification material using this form by April 6th, 2023.

Qualified teams will be notified by April 14th, and all team members will receive a pass for the competition hall. If you also want to attend the ICRA conference, registration for the conference needs to be done on the ICRA website.

A Toyota HSR robot may be available for your team, in case you are not able to transport your own robot. Indicate whether you would be interested in using the robot in the registration form.

The Competition

A detailed description of the competition, including the scenario, rules and procedures, and scoring can be found in this document.

Important Dates

Submission of qualification material: April 6th, 2023

Competition setup days: May 29 - May 30, 2023
Competition days: May 31 - June 1, 2023


To be announced later.


The competition is also sponsored by JAKA Robotics and supported by Toyota - up to two teams can apply to use a Toyota HSR robot onsite at the competition.

Follow up competition

Participating in our competition at ICRA gives teams the chance to prepare for the ERL Smart City competition, which takes place in Milton Keynes in September 2023. The competition the same task in the episode titled "Socially Acceptable Item Delivery". More details can be found here: https://eu-robotics.net/erl-smart-city-competition-in-2023/


Nico Hochgeschwender, Professor for Autonomous Systems, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Praminda Caleb-Solly, Professor of Embodied Intelligence, University of Nottingham
Mauro Dragone, Assistant Professor, Heriot-Watt University
Filippo Cavallo, Associate Professor of Biomedical Robotics, University of Florence
Oya Celiktutan, Associate Professor, King’s College London
Santosh Thoduka, Research Associate, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Jaeseok Kim, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Florence