The 2013 National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition (NI ARC) will have more than 20 student teams from leading universities across Australia and New Zealand demonstrating their engineering and mechatronics skills on an international platform.
Participating teams will receive a development kit featuring an NI Single Board RIO board level reconfigurable control system and NI LabVIEW system design software featuring the LabVIEW Robotics Module. The teams are tasked with building an autonomous robot using the development kit in preparation for the live competition final in September, themed ‘Gold Rush’.
The final competition will require the participating teams to have their robot navigate an obstacle filled course, and identify, pick up and move objects to designated locations in the shortest possible time.
Matej Krajnc, Managing Director for National Instruments Aust & NZ explains that the competition allows students to demonstrate their engineering skills and broaden their career pathways. This year’s competition has over 20 teams from 18 different universities including a number of universities returning for a second and third year as well as several first time entrants such as Manukau Institute of Technology, University of Adelaide, University of Sydney, University of Western Sydney, and La Trobe University.
All teams are required to successfully achieve four milestone tasks throughout the competition under the guidance of academic supervisors and support of NI engineers.
The winner of the NI Autonomous Robotics Competition will receive a cash prize of $3000, with $1500 for the runner-up and a bonus prize of $500 for the best robot design. All teams that successfully complete the competition tasks get to keep the development kit, valued at over $20,000.
The 2012 competition was won by Swinburne University of Technology’s SUAVE team with their robot, Frogstar.