Project name: Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge
Project acronym: MBZIRC
Dates: 20.12.2021 - 07.02.2024
Total budget: 2,000,000 USD
Funding: Khalifa University
website: www.mbzirc.com


To be held in 2024, the competition will bring together universities, research institutions and individual innovators from all over the world to collaborate on finding a practical solution to global maritime security challenges such as illegal fishing, piracy, smuggling and human trafficking.

It is the first experiment of its kind that will involve a heterogeneous collaboration among unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned surface vehicles to perform complex navigation and manipulation tasks in a GNSS- denied marine environment.

The competition offers a prize money of US $3,250,000

The team winning the first prize will take home US $2,000,000.