National Instruments Oceania has announced the participating teams for the annual National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition, a student robotics competition designed to encourage development and innovation in the field of robotics.
A total of 24 teams will be participating in this year’s competition, representing top universities from across Australia and New Zealand.
The competition began last month and concludes in September.
The contest calls for each team to develop a 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.
The theme for the 2012 competition is ‘Search and Rescue’.
“The NiAutonomous Robotics Competition is an exciting initiative which provides engineering students with an excellent platform to develop and showcase their technical and creative skills and capabilities,” says managing director Matej Krajnc.
“There were some amazing robot designs in the 2011 competition, and with twice as many teams participating this year we are looking forward to a challenging, competitive and highly enjoyable 2012 competition.”
The students, working alongside NI engineers, 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.
Teams from the following universities and tertiary institutions will be competing in the 2012 National Instruments Autonomous Robotics competition:
- 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
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 NiCompactRIO embedded acquisition and control system and the NiLabVIEW 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 winning team at the live national competition on 21 September 2012 will receive $3000 cash, and the runners up will be awarded $1500 courtesy of National Instruments Oceania. There is also a cash prize for the most aesthetically pleasing robot. Additionally, 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 NiApplication Engineers who specialise in robotics applications.
The 2012 NiAutonomous Robotics Competition (NI-ARC) builds upon the inaugural competition held in 2011. To learn more about the 2012 NiAutonomous Robotics Competition visit: http:australia.ni.com/ni-arc