International Robotics Challenge launched in Abu Dhabi

Khalifa University to organize a $5m prize challenging robotics competition

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International Robotics Challenge launched in Abu Dhabi Al Hammadi: "MBZIRC will offer a new challenge every two years, which will encourage researchers and inventors to design and innovate."
By  Helen Gaskell Published  February 16, 2015

Khalifa University has announced the launch of the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) which will offer prizes worth a total of $5m.

The challenge was announced at a launch ceremony held at Khalifa University's Abu Dhabi campus which was facilitated by a robot, Reem, who directed guests to their seats. Guests included HH Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court and Deputy Chairman of Khalifa University Board of Trustees, other members of Khalifa University's Board of Trustees, senior management, members of the international judging committee and distinguished dignitaries

"Challenges like this stimulate students and researchers from all over the world to enable scientific research and innovation" said Dr. Arif Al Hammadi, Khalifa University's executive vice president.

"The MBZIRC has the potential to broaden the robotics ecosystem in the UAE, promote robotics within local industry, bring robotics talent to the UAE, and help attract students to science, technology and engineering disciplines. It will also encourage UAE universities to offer new science programs and establish robotic research centres."

The first challenge of the international robotics competition will be held in November 2016 and an independent panel of judges, which will include "top international robotic experts," will oversee and judge the competition.

"MBZIRC will offer a new challenge every two years, which will encourage researchers and inventors to design and innovate. This will in turn help to create incubators that lead to the establishment of companies that support the industry in the country and worldwide." Al Hammadi added.

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