Robots take over in Abu Dhabi
USD 5 million worth of total prizes up for grabs in inaugural Robotics Challenge
The inaugural Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) opened today at the Yas Island Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
The UAE’s biggest robotics contest pits 26 teams from 15 countries against each other in four gruelling Challenges designed to test world-class skills in developing and manipulating unmanned ground and aerial vehicles.
Its USD 5 million worth of total prizes plus team sponsorship is one of the biggest rewards ever to be given for a robotics contest.
Commenting on today’s premiere, UAE Minister for Education, H.E. Al Hammadi commended the organizers for preparing an excellent platform to demonstrate how robotics and artificial intelligence will impact and define the future of countries around the world. He added that MBZIRC will inspire more work in robotics across the region and help drive the development of vibrant knowledge-based economies.
“This pioneering competition provides a blueprint for us to encourage more students to actively engage in robotics and technology and turn the UAE into a leading source of knowledge and expertise in these fields. It will also reveal the vital role of robotics in providing solutions to today’s major challenges and how the field will increasingly influence our daily lives as it gets integrated into more key sectors, H.E. Al Hammadi added.
The Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge is a biennial competition organised by Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research. This year’s debuting edition runs until March 18, 2017 and is supported by the Information and Communication Technology Fund (ICTF), Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Norinco.