Marta Palau Franco

Marta Palau FrancoMarta Palau Franco is project manager of the EU-funded project euRathlon, which is led by the University of the West of England, Bristol.

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euRathlon is an outdoor robotics competition, in which teams from around the world are invited to test the intelligence and autonomy of their robots in realistic, demanding mock emergency-response scenarios, inspired by the Fukushima disaster.

A competition for land-based vehicles will be held from 23-27 September 2013 in Berchtesgaden, Germany, based on the successful ELROB competition. This will be followed by an underwater robot competition in 2014, with the final competition in 2015 requiring a team of terrestrial, marine and aerial robots to work collaboratively to survey the scene, collect environmental data and identify critical hazards. The competitions are supported by annual workshops and an open process for developing benchmarks.

Professor Alan Winfield of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) and the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is leading the euRathlon consortium with six partner organisations:

euRathlon is a 3-year project funded by the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7).  euRathlon aims to provide a platform for challenging, extending and showcasing European and international cognitive robotics technologies, as well as offer a link between robotics research, industry, teaching and the public.


Marta graduated in Industrial Electronics Engineering from the Escola Universitària Politècnica de Mataró (EUPMT) – Tecnocampus Mataró and has a Masters in Marine Sciences in Oceanography and Marine Environmental Management from the Faculty of Biology of the University of Barcelona (UB) in collaboration with the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).

During her engineering studies in electronics and automation, she was a member and manager of the “CRA” EUPMt robotics team and one of the organisers of the “III Ciutat de Mataró national robotics competition” in Mataró, Spain.

Marta is experienced in fields such as environment management, marine renewable energies, building installation, health & safety and R+D management.

Further Information

UWE Bristol Staff Profile: Marta Palau Franco


Telephone: +44 (0) 117 32 83082

Website: euRathlon

Twitter:  @eurathlon

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