Strategic Engineering recently entered the Multi Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge (MAGIC 2010) project sponsored by the Australian and US Departments of Defence.
According to David Burgess from Strategic Engineering, the challenge was designed ‘to attract innovative proposals from worldwide research organisations to develop next-generation fully autonomous ground vehicle systems that can be deployed effectively in military operations and civilian emergency situations’.
Strategic Engineering worked from November 2009 through to July 2010, taking over 9 months to complete the project.
Being involved in the research and development area, Strategic Engineering entered the competition mainly to challenge themselves.
Burgess says that the project allowed them to further develop their capabilities in complex vision systems and system integration in addition to opening up opportunities in the Defence industry.
Strategic Engineering developed a team of autonomous unmanned ground vehicles that could collaboratively explore and map urban environments while detecting and neutralising simulated threats.
The robots were designed to accomplish this task without human control and intervention.
Out of the 23 teams participating in the competition, Strategic Engineering was placed in the final ten and reached the semi-final stage of the competition.
Since the challenge, Strategic Engineering has been chosen by Defence Department to participate in the Rapid Prototype Development and Evaluation program, which focuses on accelerating capability change within the Australian Defence Force.