ICRA 2023: Results

METRICS HEART-MET Physically Assistive Robot Challenge

The ICRA 2023 METRICS HEART-MET Physically Assistive Robot Challenge took 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 robot approaches two people and asks what it can fetch for them. After understanding what they say through speech and/or gesture recognition, it fetches the item and and hands it over to them. During the run, the volunteers score the robot on its social acceptability, for example, how appropriately it interrupts them, distance it keeps from people, communicating intentions, not surprising people while approaching, etc. The overall score is the average of the technical and social acceptance score.


Place Team Technical Score Social Acceptance Score Final Score
1 RoboNotts 1.167 14.667 7.917
2 National Robotarium 1.000 1.000 1.000
2 b-it-bots 1.333 0.667 1.000


The competition was 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