Cutting-edge robots competing in the Abu Dhabi desert

Our researchers Tomáš KrajníkGeorge Broughton and Filip Majer will compete at MBZIRC robotics challenge 2020 as part of the university team led by Martin Saska (Multi-robots Systems Group)! The competition will be held on February 23 - 25 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Our group has made it to the final of all three challenges and we will now compete in the grand challenge, which is a combination of all disciplines - autonomous capture of the flying object, wall construction and fire fighting in high rise buildings. We are very excited to participate at one of the world’s largest and most prestigious robotics competitions, so wish us luck!

Will we repeat our success?

This will not be our first participation as we competed in the last MBZIRC 2017. We won the first place in the discipline of cooperative collection of objects using a group of autonomous helicopters (Challenge 3) and took silver position in the category of autonomous landing on a moving vehicle (Challenge 1). This success earned us the possibility to participate in the Grand Challenge competition, in which we have won the bronze medal.

About the competition

The Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) is an international robotics competition, to be held every two years with total prize and team sponsorship of USD 5 Million. Robotics has the potential to have an impact that is as transformative as the internet, with robotics technology poised to fuel a broad range of next-generation products and applications in a diverse array of fields. Robotic competitions in the past few decades have been a catalyst that has accelerated the rate of technological advancements in the field of robotics and autonomous systems.

MBZIRC aims to provide an ambitious, science-based, and technologically demanding set of challenges in Robotics, open to a large number of international teams. It is intended to demonstrate the current state of the art in robotics in terms of scientific and technological accomplishments, and to inspire the future of robotics. Similar to other major competitions, the MBZIRC aims to provide an environment that harbours innovation and technical excellence, while encouraging spectacular performance with robotics technologies.

Selection of media coverage

8. 1. 2020 - Studio 6, Czech TV [Czech]

8. 1. 2020 - Czech News Agency [Czech]

8. 1. 2020 - TV Prima [Czech]