International Unmanned Vehicle Challenge Opens for Competitor Submissions


The organizer for the upcoming Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) – United Arab Emirates-based Khalifa University – says it has begun receiving proposals for the challenge.

Teams will submit their proposals to participate in three challenges and the triathlon-style “grand challenge,” which will all take place in an outdoor, open arena.

Challenge 1 requires an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to locate, track and land on top of a moving ground vehicle. Challenge 2 requires an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to locate and reach a second ground vehicle and locate and physically operate a valve on a side of the vehicle. Challenge 3 requires a team of UAVs to collaborate to search, locate, track, pick and place a set of static and moving objects. The grand challenge requires a team of robots (UAVs and UGVs) to compete in an event that combines challenges 1, 2 and 3.

To date, 316 teams from 163 institutions in 45 countries have expressed their intent to participate in the challenge, which is scheduled to take place in 2017, and boasts prizes and team sponsorship totaling $5 million.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Nov. 7. More information can be found here.

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