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Winners announced for inaugural UAE robotics competition

Shuri from Middlesex University in Dubai beat seven teams to win the manipulation challenge of the first UAE Robotics Competition. Robo Tigers from RIT Dubai took second and RobAuto from Heriot-Watt University Dubai took third.

Cognizance from Manipal University Dubai came first, Piston Sparks from RAK University of Stirling came second and ACMBITS from BITS Pilani Dubai took third place in the sailing challenge with 14 university teams name.

Some 21 teams from 12 universities qualified for the final stage of the competition in two main challenges – navigation and manipulation.

This was announced by the Dubai Future Lab (DFL), an initiative of the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) in partnership with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Khalifa University (KU).

A total of 52 teams representing 17 local and international universities registered for the competition.

autonomous robotic system

The competition involves teams demonstrating the ability of the autonomous robotic systems they develop to accomplish certain tasks, including moving independently, analyzing their surroundings, navigating specific routes, avoiding obstacles, and picking and placing objects.

The UAE Robotics Competition is in line with DFF’s efforts to empower promising talent in robotics and artificial intelligence. The competition reflects DFF’s efforts to partner with top research and academic institutions to support the goals of the Dubai Robotics and Automation Initiative, which was launched by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Council and Executive Chairman of the Dubai Future Foundation Board of Directors. The program aims to accelerate the application of advanced technologies in various sectors of the economy.

Winners were honored at the conclusion of the competition, which was hosted by RIT in the presence of Meghan Gregonis, US Consul General in Dubai, and various chancellors and regents of local and international universities in the UAE.

young talent

RIT President Dr. Yousef Al Assaf said: “Having the UAE Robotics Competition on our campus reflects our strong desire to develop young talent at RIT. An exemplary partnership between the two. It also paves the way for young people to hone future skills and contribute to economic diversification. We are very excited by the number of female students participating in the competition, which reflects its inclusivity and diversity . We congratulate all the students who participated and look forward to the future of the competition.”

Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-Chancellor of Khalifa University, said: “Congratulations to the winners and students who participated in the UAE Robotics Competition with such enthusiasm. The winning team developed an autonomous robotic system capable of performing challenging tasks. The creative skills and innovative spirit of the participants. With Khalifa University hosting the second edition of the competition next year, we are delighted that our collaboration with Dubai Future Lab and RIT has not only generated great interest, but has also inspired the best of the students potential.”

Khalifa Al Qama, Director, DFL, said: “By providing opportunities to develop youth skills in robotics and artificial intelligence, this is a key pillar in strengthening the role of Dubai and the UAE in driving global technological transformation. We at DFF are keen to launch initiatives and events , to help underpin the country’s efforts to position the UAE as a global hub for robotics and artificial intelligence.”

robotics innovation

He added: “We have witnessed a great deal of commendable innovation in robotics at the UAE Robotics Competition, which provides a platform to highlight technical skills and talent in robotics, programming and artificial intelligence. It helps to promote a culture of innovation, knowledge engagement student acquisition and skill development, and encourage them to work together to develop new robotic systems to keep pace with rapid transformation.”

Winners are selected based on criteria set by a panel of judges. Judges included Mohammad Al Shamsi, CEO, RoboHitec; Dr Vinicius Goncalves, Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, NYU Abu Dhabi; Dr Raouf Fareh, Associate Professor, University of Sharjah; Dr Hamad Karki, Associate Professor, Khalifa University; Vice President of Development; Maitha Al Mhairi, Research and Development Department, Dubai Police; Ahmad AlAttar, Robotics Researcher, Dubai Future Lab; and Omar AlHammadi, Robotics Engineer, Dubai Future Lab. — trade arab news agency

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