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Three Teams Emerge Leaders from Day 1 Trials at US$5-Million MBZIRC 2020 in Abu Dhabi

February 26, 2020

 Preparations in Full Swing for Grand Challenge while Teams Asses their Performance during Trials in All Three Challenges

Organizers of the US$5-million Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) 2020 today announced the names of three leading teams from Day 1 trials as the participating teams complete Day-2 trials, looking forward to the Grand Challenge.

In Challenge 1 trials, the Beijing Institute of Technology emerged leaders from Day 1, proving their skills in autonomously tracking the intruder unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), while capturing and neutralizing it inside the arena. The Prague Czech Technical University-University of Pennsylvania-NYU team came second, while the University of Tokyo came third.

In Challenge 2, the Prague Czech Technical University-University of Pennsylvania-NYU team emerged leaders, demonstrating the autonomous maneuverability of a team of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned guided vehicles (UGVs) to collaborate and autonomously locate, pick, transport and assemble different types of brick-shaped objects to build pre-defined structures, in an outdoor environment. The Technical University of Denmark came second, while the University of New South Wales – Sydney came third.

In Challenge 3, the Technical University of Denmark came out the leaders, presenting their drones’ capabilities in a firefighting scenario in an urban high-rise building. The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) came second, while the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, and the Polytechnic University of Madrid-University Pablo Olvide-Poznan University of Technology teams shared the third place honors.

The UAE’s Al Nokhba Team has performed strongly to reach sixth and seventh positions respectively in the Challenges 2 and 3, thus emerging among the most prestigious research centers worldwide. The performance indicates the high level of innovation the young Emirati team has achieved in advanced technologies, enabling them to compete globally.

Winners will be announced on the last day of the Challenge in all four categories. Each of the teams at MBZIRC 2020 attempt two trials for Challenges 1, 2 and 3 and the best score is retained. For the Grand Challenge, there is just one trial. Trials are scheduled during daylight hours, from 7.30am-5.30am, while floodlights may be used in the event of adverse weather conditions or overrunning of schedules.