National Instruments Oceania has announced the participating teams for the annual National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition, a student robotics competition designed to encourage development and innovation in the field of robotics.

With over 20 teams from 18 different universities, we are delighted to see not only a number of universities return for a second and third year, but also a number of first time entrants including Manukau Institute of Technology, University of Adelaide, University of Sydney, University of Western Sydney, and La Trobe University,” commented Matej Krajnc, National Instruments Oceania managing director.

The competition, which commences in April and concludes in September 2013 will involve each team developing an autonomous robot that will ultimately compete in a live competition with the objective of autonomously completing a set of predefined tasks in the shortest amount of time and earning the most points.

Themed ‘Gold Rush’, in which each robot will have to navigate an obstacle filled course, identifying, picking up and moving objects to designated locations in the shortest possible time.

The students, working alongside NI engineers, will get the opportunity to showcase their robotics talents in front of a large audience from industry and academia at the live competition in September .

Teams from the following universities and tertiary institutions will be competing in the 2013 competition:

  • Charles Darwin University- Team CDU
  • Curtin University – Curtin Robotics Club (CRoCs)
  • Flinders University – Flinders Knights
  • Griffith University – Gruebot
  • La Trobe University – The Eagles
  • Manukau Institute of Technology – MITe (MIT Engineering)
  • Queensland University of Technology – QRC Engineering
  • Queensland University of Technology – PrintReal
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology- Samme
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – heRMIT
  • Swinburne University – Swin- bots
  • University of Adelaide – Team Smaug
  • University of Auckland – The Non Existent
  • University of Newcastle – UoN NIARC
  • University of Sydney – Cats on Mars
  • University of Sydney – Breakpoint
  • University of Technology Sydney – UTS Robotics Society
  • University of Western Sydney – Wanderlust
  • University of Wollongong – UOW Robotics Team
  • University of New South Wales – UNSW
  • University of New South Wales – UNSW Mechatronics
  • Victoria University of Wellington- Ownbot 2.0

The winner will receive a cash prize of $3,000, with $1,500 for the runner-up and a bonus prize of $500 for the best robot design, and all teams that successfully complete the competition tasks will get to keep the development kit valued at over $20,000. maxon motor is a proud sponsor of this event and  has also provided each team with a gift voucher for purchase of maxon motors.

Training, mentoring, and competition objectives will be provided by NI Application Engineers who specialise in robotics applications.

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