The PUB.R Competition 2023

Within the framework of the 2023 edition of the ICRA conference, we invite teams to test the design and control of their robots in the Preparation and dish Up of an English Breakfast with Robots (PUB.R) competition. The competition will showcase the last advancements in food handling and preparation by challenging traditional robotics domains, including navigation, manipulation, and scene understanding, but also proposing novel scientific challenges, such as robotic food tasting, communication, creativity, and art.

Teams may comprise any combination of students, academic members, private partners, government institutions, etc., without restriction on the number of participants per team. One member of the team must be elected as Team Leader (TL) and will act as a contact point for the team.

The PUB.R competition comprises three different scenarios: Shopping, Cooking, and Serving – each challenging different research aspects integrated into a single overarching goal. In the first scenario (Shopping), a subset of spices and sauces should be collected from a pantry area, and brought to the cooking station to prepare the desired recipe. In the second scenario (Cooking), the food has to be prepared, cooked and arranged on the plate by taking into consideration taste and appearance of the final dish. In the last scenario (Serving), a robot has to serve the meal to a table for judging preparation and plate arrangement, it has to explain the dish, and answer simple questions. For all scenarios, teams are invited to bring their own robot. However, a Tiago robot and a Baxter will be provided if requested. Each scenario is split down into tasks: points are awarded by executing partially or completely each task. The team earning the maximum number of points will be considered the winner of the PUB.R Competition 2023.

Call for Participation

Important Dates:

  • April 14, 2023 Deadline for submitting application and qualification material
  • April 15, 2023 Acceptance notification
  • April 21, 2023 Deadline for accepted teams to confirm their participation
  • May 30-June 2, 2023 Competition

Qualification Material:

The teams must produce the following materials for applying:

  1. A technical document describing your approach to solving at least one of the tasks in the competition. Including:
    1. a description of the overall approaches developed;
    2. expected improvements at the time of the competition;
    3. any details you consider relevant with respect to actuation, sensing, etc.;
    4. any relevant pictures.
  2. A video demonstrating the skills of your robot at the current time of development.
  3. Finally, the teams must fill in the application form available at:

Details for sharing and uploading the technical document and video are provided in the application form.


All participating members of accepted teams will need to be registered to receive a pass to enter the competition hall. A confirmation email is sufficient to register, and it should be sent to before April 21, 2023.

The competition pass will only give access to the competition hall: if you wish to gain access to the full conference, team members need to have a valid conference registration. Please refer to ICRA2023 webpage to register for the conference.

Competition Schedule:

1May 29, 2023Teams’ arrival and registration
2May 30, 2023Pre-competition trials
3May 31, 2023Pre-competition trials
4June 1, 2023Competition day1
5June 2, 2023Competition day2 and award ceremony

Competition Rules

Details of the tasks in the Scenarios, the interpretation of the rules and the award of points are described in the following RuleBook document:

Organising Committee

University of Lincoln

  • Marcello Calisti, Associate Professor in Agri-Robotics, Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology
  • Francesco Del Duchetto, Lecturer in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems
  • Marc Hanheide, Professor of Intelligent Robotics & Interactive Systems, Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems
  • Elizabeth Sklar, Professor in Agri-Robotics, Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology

University of Cambridge

  • Fulvio Forni, Associate Professor in Engineering, Department of Engineering
  • Fumiya Iida, Professor of Robotics, Department of Engineering


For any additional request or information, please contact: Marcello Calisti or Francesco Del Duchetto