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The Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) has received 143 applications from 35 countries, with most of the applications coming from leading robotics laboratories at top universities.

Some of the international universities represented are major institutions from the United States such as Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Cal Tech, and more, as well as European universities such as the University of Seville, the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, ETH Zurich and the University of Edinburgh.  Asian universities represented include the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Tokyo University and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

MBZIRC, which is scheduled to take place in 2017, boasts prizes totaling $5 million USD, and has attracted a great deal of interest from around the world. Other countries represented in the applications include Greece, Tunisia, Austria, Thailand, Croatia, Poland, Bangladesh, Mexico, Canada and China.

The inaugural competition will consist of three Challenges and a triathlon type “Grand Challenge”. It will take place in an outdoor open arena the approximate size of a football pitch. Challenge 1 requires an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to locate, track and land on top of a moving ground vehicle. Challenge 2 requires an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to locate and reach a second ground vehicle, and locate and physically operate a valve on a side of the vehicle. Challenge 3 requires a team of UAVs to collaborate to search, locate, track, pick and place a set of static and moving objects. The Grand Challenge requires a team of robots (UAVs and UGVs) to compete in an event that combines Challenges 1, 2 and 3. 

The applications will be under review until the end of 2015, with finalists announced in 2016.