Project name: Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge
Project acronym: MBZIRC
Dates: 01.07.2018 - 31.03.2020
Total budget: 150,000 USD
Funding: Khalifa University
website: www.mbzirc.com

This project deals with the coordination of a group of autonomous aerial and ground vehicles performing complicated task simultaneously. The robots carry out sophisticated navigation and manipulation tasks in a completely unstructured environment. The envisaged outcome is a novel robot cooperation solution and its implementation into a realistic heterogeneous robot system. Possible applications include disaster response, search and rescue missions and civil construction, just to name a few. The project results will be presented at the 2020 Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge in Abu Dhabi as part of the international competition.

A full set of MBZIRC 2020 challenges can be seen here:

LARICS to compete in a prestigious...

Our Lab will implement our newest methods and algorithms for our new project, the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC)! The leader of this project for LARICS is our Frano Petric. This is a competition where the contestants meet with various demanding problems in robotics, which means that it is a great chance for our team to develop new technology and solutions, which will be presented at the competition itself, to be held in 2020 in Abu Dhabi.

This competition was started last year by the Khalifa University in the United Arab Emirates with the goal of providing a scientific and technological challenge in robotics for a greater number of international teams. As part of this, the Lab will mostly focus on developing algorithms for complex tasks between aerial and ground robots (such as locating an object, picking it up and moving it, etc) and to conduct a quantitative research of the impact every individual task has on the entire mission plan (calculating the necessary energy and time per task).

Author: Ivana Mikolić
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