Yas Marina Circuit to host Robotics Challenge 2017

The winners will be awarded total prize winnings and team sponsorship worth $5m

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Yas Marina Circuit to host Robotics Challenge 2017 Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi: "It provides an ideal platform to attract the world's brightest minds in robotics and stimulate further developments."
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  March 5, 2017

Abu Dhabi will host the first edition of the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) will be held at the Yas Island Marina Circuit during 16 to 18 March.

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the event will see 26 teams from 15 countries showcase advanced robotics technologies.

The contest provides a platform for highlighting the latest developments in the robotics field, and promote the capabilities and uses of robots and reveal their advanced technological capabilities in the areas of navigation, cooperation, perception, and manoeuvres using integrated ecosystems. As well as unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) work with, and against each other, in a series of challenges.

MBZIRC comprises of three challenges plus a triathlon-type Grand Challenge. The winners will be awarded total prize winnings and team sponsorship worth $5m.

Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Khalifa University's executive vice president, said: "This challenge is an excellent opportunity for the participating teams to present new and innovative technologies in the robotics field that build on ground-breaking developments over the past decade. It provides an ideal platform to attract the world's brightest minds in robotics and stimulate further developments that will lead to more new innovations and discoveries in this field."

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