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Date draws close in search for $5m robotics winner

End of May due date for initial submissions in the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge

The Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) is a $5m search for the best and brightest ideas in advanced robotics.
The Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) is a $5m search for the best and brightest ideas in advanced robotics.

Teams have until the end of May to have their proposals in for the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) – a $5m search for the best and brightest ideas in advanced robotics.

The biennial competition was launched in February 2015 and is being organised by Abu Dhabi-based Khalifa University. The contest is named after the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

The first competition will focus on developing aerial and ground vehicles capable of completing jobs on challenging environments. The aim is to create a robot that can respond to a simulated disaster scenario. It will involve the collaboration of a group of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) in a changing environment that requires the robots to carry out a series of tasks using autonomous navigation and environmental interactions. The challenge will be judged by an independent panel made up of international robotics experts.

Dr. Tod Laursen, Khalifa University President, said; "This event will undoubtedly attract some of the best robotics minds in the world, and bring international attention to the growing robotics industry in the UAE.”

"Throughout history, challenges issued by governments, scientific communities, and international entities have often played a central role in advancing knowledge - the so-called ‘space race’ of the 1960s is perhaps one of the most memorable examples of this idea, and the UAE has picked up this theme recently with its aspirations for a Mars mission.

“In a similar spirit, the MBZIRC will spur future development of worldwide robotic technology by requiring research, invention and real-life application of its winners. Challenges issued in this event will stretch participants a bit beyond the current state of the art, such that new developments and discoveries will be needed for success. We believe that a bit of audacity in challenge specification is key to the innovation process.”

 

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