Abu Dhabi to host $5m robotics challenge in March

45 local, international teams will participate in the challenge

Abu Dhabi will host a $5 million (AED18.35 million) challenge for robotics developers and programmers in March 2017, with participation from 45 local and international teams.

The Mohammed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge will be held from March 16 to 18 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, Khaleej Times reported.

The teams have been selected from universities and international organisations such as the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, the National University of Singapore, Xi'an Jiaotong University and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, Accelerated Dynamics from the UK, and NaviRobot from Russia.

The three challenges include teams using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to locate, track and land on a moving vehicle; use an unmanned ground vehicle to locate and reach a panel and physically operate a valve stem on it and use UAVs to work together in order to search, locate, track, pick up and place a set of still and moving objects.

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