Mohamed Bin Zayed
International Robotics Challenge
We competed and won in the prestigious Mohammed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) held during 16-18 March 2017 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The team led by Dr. Martin Saska of the Multi-robot Systems (MRS) group at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, accompanied by a representative of the American University of Pennsylvania and the British University of Lincoln, won 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 the team the possibility to participate in the Grand Challenge competition, in which they have won the bronze medal together with colleagues from the Italian University of Padua.
The Multi-robot Systems (MRS) group has participated in the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge . The Robotics Challenge is organized by Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi and took 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 competed 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 also competed (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 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 was 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 was 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
Last experimental camp in dessert
The last preparation for the MBZIRC competition took place in the desert of UAE. All systems for the autonomous car landing (challenge 1) and pick and place (challenge 3) scenarios were tested in much harder conditions than during the competition.
Pictures taken taken during the last MBZIRC preparation camp in the desert of UAE
CTU, UPENN and UOL participation in Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge(MBZIRC)
Pictures from the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge held during 16-18 March 2017, at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE