National Instruments Aust & NZ has announced the participating teams for the annual National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition, drawn from some of the top universities and tertiary institutions in Australia and New Zealand.
The NI Autonomous Robotics Competition is a competition designed to encourage development and innovation in the field of robotics among students. The 2012 competition will have a total of 24 teams in attendance and is themed ‘Search and Rescue’.
Commencing in April and concluding in September, 2012, the NI Autonomous Robotics Competition will require each team to develop an autonomous robot that will ultimately compete in a live competition with the objective of autonomously completing a set of predefined tasks in the shortest amount of time and earning the most points.
Matej Krajnc, Managing Director for National Instruments Oceania explains that the NI Autonomous Robotics Competition provides engineering students with an excellent platform to develop and showcase their technical and creative capabilities. To be mentored by NI engineers, the students will get the opportunity to showcase their robotics talents in front of a large audience from industry and academia at the live competition on 21 September 2012.
Within the theme of ‘Search and Rescue’, the robotics application areas of focus will be navigation, obstacle avoidance and object handling. Participating teams have each received a development kit featuring an NI CompactRIO embedded acquisition and control system and the NI LabVIEW 2011 Robotics Suite for the development of their autonomous robot. Maxon Motor has also provided each team with a gift voucher for purchase of Maxon motors.
The winner of the 2012 NI Autonomous Robotics Competition will receive a cash prize of $3,000 while the runners up will be awarded $1,500 courtesy of National Instruments Oceania. A cash prize will be given for the most aesthetically pleasing robot.
All teams that successfully complete the tasks in this competition, regardless of their finishing position, will get to keep their development kits valued at over $26,000.
Training, mentoring, and competition objectives will be provided by NI Application Engineers who specialise in robotics applications.
- Auckland University of Technology
- University of Canterbury
- Curtin University of Technology
- Griffith University
- Macquarie University
- Massey University
- University of Newcastle
- Queensland University of Technology
- Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
- Swinburne University of Technology
- NSW Western Sydney Institute of TAFE – Mt Druitt College
- The University of South Australia
- The University of New South Wales
- University of Auckland
- University of Tasmania
- University of Technology Sydney Victoria
- University of Wellington
- University of Wollongong
- Charles Darwin University