On February 23-25, the Khalifa University hosted the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) in Abu Dhabi. Team of our Department cooperating at the competition with colleagues from universities in Pennsylvania and New York won first place for building walls with drones, second for destroying defined targets (balloons) and the most valuable golden medal for winning the Grand Challenge.
During the first two days, the drones could compete in three categories. The first (Challenge 1) consisted of the detection and destruction of balloons, in the second (Challenge 2) the drones and land robots had to collect colored bricks and place them on a certain wall, and the third contest (Challenge 3) was about extinguishing fire using drones and a ground robot. The program of the third day of competition was followed by the Grand Challenge, a combination of all previous disciplines.
The multirobot systems team leading by Dr. Martin Saska defended the huge success of 2017. Congratulations!
Photos from the contest are available here, a video of the contest and preparations for it can be found on YouTube.Information and pictures from the preparation for the competition can be found on this page.