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Feb 26-27

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Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Welcome to the Mohammad Bin Zayed International Robotics Competition (MBZIRC) Symposium, an event that combines a prestigious academic competition that fosters research and development of practical applications in autonomous vehicles with an elite business networking event. Khalifa University of Science and Technology will gather leading experts from robotics and autonomous vehicles to share their insights with MBZIRC teams, attendees, and industry representatives. MBZIRC teams will be given the chance to showcase their projects directly to industry reps, with the goal of increasing interest and awareness of their work, while also facilitating opportunities for additional funding and research synergies.

Why Attend

Call for Papers

Participating teams are required to submit their papers to the committee for review and compliance

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The MBZIRC Symposium is bringing experts from academia and industry to share their insights and prescriptions of the future of robotics and autonomous vehicles

marcello ang

Marcello Ang

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering National University of Singapore, Singapore

oussama khatib

Oussama Khatib

Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science Stanford University, USA

pedro lima

Pedro Lima

Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

ron arkin

Ron Arkin

Professor of Computer Science in the College of Computing Georgia Institute of Technology

satoshi tadokoro

Satoshi Tadokoro

Professor of Graduate School of Information Sciences (GSIS) Tohoku University, Japan

paolo dario

Paolo Dario

Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of The BioRobotics Institute Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy. SSSA, Italy

jianwei zhang

Jianwei Zhang

Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science University of Hamburg

rainer bischoff

Rainer Bischoff

Head of Corporate Research KUKA Roboter GmbH

rachid alami

Rachid Alami

Senior Scientist at CNRS, Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems, Toulouse, France










Khalifa University of Science and Technology has planned a fast paced, engaging, and informative lineup of talks, presentations, and workshops that are sure to foster innovation and synergy among participants

Two days of expert insights, discussion, and networking with leading academic institutions and corporations

Wednesday 26th February 2020

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome & KU Leaders

09:15 - 09:30

Teams Awarding

09:30 - 10:00

Invited Speaker - Prof Rainer Bischoff (From Challenges to Innovation in Robot-Based Automation)

10:00 - 10:30

Invited Speaker - Prof Paolo Dario (BioRobotics for Rehabilitation Assistance)

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:20

Winner Challenge 1

11:20 - 11:40

Winner Challenge 2

11:40 - 12:00

Winner Challenge 3

12:00 - 12:30

Invited Speaker - Prof Tamim Asfour (Engineering Humanoids with Motion Intelligence)

12:30 - 13:00

Invited Speaker - Prof Oussama Khatib (Robotic Divers for Oceanic Discovery)

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Buffet

14:00 - 15:00

Plenary Discussion on Next Challenges MBZIRC
MBZIRC Org, Jury Members & Interanational Teams

15:00 - 15:30

Invited Speaker - Prof Jianwei Zhang (Cross-Modal Learning of Intelligent Robot Systems)

15:30 - 16:30

Cooperative Robotics I Session

16:30 - 17:00

Coffee Break

17:00 - 18:00

Aerial Robotics I Session

17:00 - 17:30

Buses to Drink Reception

17:30 - 20:00

Drink Reception at KU

Thursday 27th February 2020

09:00 - 09:30

Predicting Robotic Challenges MBZIRC 2022

09:30 - 10:00

Invited Speaker - Prof Satoshi Tadokoro (ImPACT Tough Robotics Challenge)

10:00 - 10:30

Invited Speaker - Prof Ron Arkin (Civilized Collaboration: Ethical architectures for enforcing legal requirements and mediating social norms in HRI)

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00

Cooperative Robotics II Session

12:00 - 12:30

Invited Speaker - Prof Pedro Lima (Research Issues on Interactive Robots at Home and Hospitals)

12:30 - 13:00

Invited Speaker - Prof Rachid Alami (Decisional abilities for collaborative robots)

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Buffet

14:00 - 14:30

Invited Speaker - Prof Ang Marcelo (Robotics Towards Quality Living)

14:30 - 15:30

Ground Vehicles I Session

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00

Aerial Robotics II Session

17:00 - 17:30

Farewell Party


Join us 26-27 February, 2020.

Robotics based industries will play a key role in the future knowledge base economy of the UAE, as outlined in UAE Vision 2021 and Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, which is why Abu Dhabi, through Khalifa University, is an ideal venue for the MBZIRC Symposium.

About the Venue

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) is a world-class award-winning exhibition and convention center that provides exhibitors, organizers, and attendees impressive and modern facilities. There are numerous cafes, restaurants, shops, and even an airport check-in on-site to facilitate ease for all attendees.

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About Abu Dhabi

MBZIRC Symposium is taking place at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. Among the safest cities in the world, Abu Dhabi is a modern metropolis with extensive public transportation infrastructure, tourist attractions, international hotels and restaurants, and a truly diverse populace.

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About Khalifa University

Khalifa University of Science and Technology is actively involved in promoting research and development as it endeavors to find solutions that align with the UAE governments vision of a transformed UAE that boasts a powerful knowledge economy with locally educated human capital, and leads the region in the 4th industrial revolution.

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