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The Mohammad Bin Zayed International Robotics Competition (MBZIRC) Symposium endeavours to bring together academic teams that are competing in the Mohammad Bin Zayed International Robotics Competition (MBZIRC) - the prestigious international robotics competition – with experts from industry that are seeking practical applications of autonomous vehicles. The Symposium will host leading experts in robotics, who will share their insights and reflect on the latest developments in the field.

Presentations and discussions will focus on current challenges and anticipated challenges in robotics and autonomous systems. Workshops will take place, consisting of presentations by the winners of MBZIRC Challenges 1, 2, and 3. Other teams participating in MBZIRC will also be invited to present their achievements during preparations for MBZIRC 2020.

The MBZIRC Symposium makes the most of the ingenuity and ambition spurred as teams compete for over 1 million USD in prize money by inviting academic experts, researchers, and industry to attend. Attendees will get a close-up glimpse of the latest and best developments in AI, composite materials, and 3d printing as it pertains to AUVs. The symposium provides MBZIR competing teams the chance to present their best and brightest ideas to industry experts that are seeking practical and revolutionary uses for autonomous vehicles in areas like surveillance, rescue, and infrastructure, where costs can be cut and human safety elevated.

The Symposium presents a rare opportunity for industry to participate in the MBZIRC and be part of the most prestigious academic competition in autonomous vehicles. They will position their company in front of leading universities and cutting edge research, benefiting from unprecedented exposure where synergy and common goals can be achieved.

Symposium
Steering Committee

Marcello Ang

Marcello Ang

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

Henrik Christensen

Henrik Christensen

Professor of Computer Science in the School of Interactive Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Oussama Khatib

Oussama Khatib

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

Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar

UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Engineering & Applied Mechanics
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Pedro Lima

Pedro Lima

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

Wlofram Bugard

Wlofram Bugard

Professor of Computer Science, in the Department of Computer Science
University of Freiburg

Ron Arkin

Ron Arkin

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

Majid Khonji

Majid Khonji

Assistant Professor, Research Affiliate at CSAIL MIT
Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates

Satoshi Tadokoro

Satoshi Tadokoro

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

Manuela Veloso

Manuela Veloso

Herbert Simon University Professor of Computer Science, Computer Science Department
Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Paolo Dario

Paolo Dario

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

Jorge Dias

Jorge Dias

Professor, Electronic Engineering - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates

Lakmal Seneviratne

Lakmal Seneviratne

Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Director of Robotics Institute and Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies
Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates

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

Meet the Teams