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 Mohamed bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC), organized by Khalifa University, 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!

Prof. Petr Páta, the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, also expressed support to the team. He  commented on taking part in the competition: "I am glad that our colleagues managed to make it through to the finals of these races and that we as a faculty were able to support the team as much as possible. Of course I would like us to win, but even participating in the competition alone is a great result for us."

Our team is already in the desert preparing for the big competition days. Check out the research group's YouTube channel to see how we are holding up!

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.

Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice President of Khalifa University, commented on this year's competition: "Building on the success of the inaugural edition of MBZIRC 2017, the second edition will bring a total of 30 teams to the UAE to display their advanced innovations in some key robotics technologies. These finalists represent top internationally-renowned academic and research institutions with well-established robotics labs and we believe MBZIRC 2020 will showcase the creative best in robotics and stand testimony to its reputation as a leading global competition."

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]