Mohamed Bin Zayed
International Robotics Challenge
The Multi-robot Systems (MRS) group is participating in the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge . The Robotics Challenge is organized by Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi and will take place in February 2017. Team of Czech Technical University in Prague , University of Pennsylvania and University of Lincoln , where members of MRS group play key roles and which is led by Martin Saska , has been selected for gaining sponsorship from the Khalifa University out of 143 applicants from the most prestigious universities in the world.
We will compete with the worldwide best universities in the field of Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAV) in two Challenges. The aim of Challenge 1 is to autonomously localize a moving vehicle in the arena by a single MAV and then land on a landing platform carried by the vehicle. In the second challenge, where our team will compete (Challenge 3 in the challenge description movie), a group of three MAVs has to search the arena for various static and moving color objects, then pick them and move them to dedicated area.
During the competition, MRS members will strongly cooperate with researches from Departments of Cybernetics and Computer Science and Engineering associated in Center for Robotics and Autonomous Systems , and mainly with researchers from University of Pennsylvania and University of Lincoln. In particular, the computer vision techniques needed for the Challenges 1 and 3 will be investigated by researchers from Center for Machine Perception of Department of Cybernetics and from University of Lincoln. The MAV stabilization, control, and the active manipulation with objects in Challenge 3 will be handled within a tight cooperation of members of our group and researchers from the team of Vijay Kumar from GRASP laboratory at University of Pennsylvania. The planning and coordination of the MAV team will be tackled by researches of MRS group together with Agent Technology Center of dept. of Computer Science and Engineering at CTU.
Call for participation in our team:
Multi-robot Systems group is seeking highly motivated students with strong interest in one or more of the following research areas related to the competition:
- MAV control and stabilization
- Motion planning and task allocation
- Computer vision
- Visual servoing
We require: C, C++ and/or Matlab programming skills, good study results, and good level of English. Experience with embedded programming, hardware and robotics is an advantage. Enthusiasts in aviation and models of multi-rotor helicopters welcome.
We offer: work in young and ambitious team of master and PhD students, international experience in highly recognized competition among the best universities, guidance and expertise of respected scientists in the given fields including researchers from worldwide top MAV laboratory at UPENN, high-tech equipment, and scholarship for work beyond university duties.
Our MBZIRC participation in News
First experimental camp in countryside
June 23 to 29, MRS organized an experimental camp in South Bohemia to verify crucial parts of the system for the MBZIRC competition. We tested autonomous car following and landing, trajectory planning and many others.
Pictures taken taken during the first MBZIRC outdoor experimental camp in South Bohemia
Second experimental camp in countryside
From 14. till 18. August, MRS organised the second camp in South Bohemia to experimentally verify improvements of systems for MBZIRC competition.
Pictures taken taken during the second MBZIRC outdoor experimental camp in South Bohemia