The Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) is an international robotics competition held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, every two years. The competition draws participation from universities, research centres, companies and individual innovators from all over the world to develop real-world solutions to some of the pressing global challenges through the application of autonomous robotic technology.
2021 White Paper Phase 01 Oct - 30 Dec, 2021
Each participating team is required to register online and later submit a white paper describing the team, its background in swarm robotics, computer vision, simultaneous localisation and mapping, marine vehicles and communications, along with a proposed technical approach.
2022 Simulation Phase August 2022
Shortlisted semi finalist teams will complete inspection and intervention tasks via simulation in the presence of a judging committee. Proof-of-concept videos on different subcomponents of their system need to be submitted to demonstrate the feasibility of the approach used.
2023 Demonstration Phase June 2023
Live demonstrations will be held over several days in a specially designated marine area off the coast of Abu Dhabi, when five finalist teams will put their systems to the test
Abu Dhabi, September 28, 2021 – The Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) will be held in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, in June 2023, where tech innovators will participate to seek marine safety and security solutions to take home more than US$3 million in prize money.
The upcoming edition called The MBZIRC Maritime Grand Challenge focuses on real-time solutions to maritime safety and security challenges and seeks to claim its place among the largest and most prestigious AI and robotics competitions in the world.