ASPIRE, the organiser of MBZIRC Maritime Grand Challenge, has announced that the deadline for whitepaper submissions for the competition has been extended.
MBZIRC Maritime Grand Challenge white paper submission deadline extended to Jan 31, 2022
ASPIRE, the organiser of MBZIRC Maritime Grand Challenge, has announced that the deadline for whitepaper submissions for the competition has been extended until January 31, 2022.
The decision comes amidst requests from potential participants globally for additional timeframe on the submission. The MBZIRC Maritime Grand Challenge, to be held in Abu Dhabi in June 2023, has already received hundreds of registrations from across the world.
Dr Arthur Morrish, Chief Executive of ASPIRE, said: “The first-of-its-kind MBZIRC Maritime Grand Challenge has received an overwhelming response from individuals, business, universities and research institutions from around the world. Considering that this is a tough challenge where participants are expected to come up with novel ideas to solve one of the world’s most pressing challenges by using autonomous technology, we have decided to extend the deadline for the white paper submissions. We believe that the decision will also give time to those who have registered with us to improve upon their preliminary ideas.”
The Maritime Grand Challenge, part of the Mohammed Bin Zayed International Robotics Competition (MBZIRC) series, is open to accredited universities, research institutions, companies, and individual innovators. It will involve a heterogeneous collaboration among unmanned aerial and surface vehicles, requiring them to perform complex navigation and manipulation tasks in a GNSS-denied marine environment. Call for registrations opened in September.
Dr Morrish reiterated that the Challenge could find new systems and solutions that would not only help tackle the maritime challenges such as piracy, smuggling and illegal fishing that have social and economic ramifications, but also have applications for other sectors facing similar challenges.
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