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ECU researchers finalists in worldwide robotics competition

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

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Researchers from ECU, in collaboration with the University of WA, Flinders University and primary sponsor Thales Australia, have been announced as finalists in a multi-million dollar competition run by the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and the US Department of Defence.

Known as the Multi-Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge, or MAGIC 2010, the competition aims to attract the most innovative solutions from around the world to address a technology gap faced by coalition forces operating in urban combat zones.

The Western Australian MAGIC 2010 Robotics Team or WAMBOT are one of only six international teams chosen for the finals, which consists of teams from America, Turkey and Japan.  

The WAMBOT team were shortlisted from a group of 12 semi-finalists, who underwent a hectic period of testing by both Australian and USA officials over several weeks.

The teams were tested on a range of activities, which highlighted their robots’ ability to demonstrate certain capabilities, including the ability to operate autonomously and to map their surroundings digitally.

WA team coordinator and lecturer at ECU’s School of Computing and Security Science, Dr Adrian Boeing, is thrilled that the team has made the finals.

“I am very proud of our team’s efforts and to be the only remaining Australian team in the competition is a fantastic achievement. We are all very excited about the finals and are looking forward to bringing the first place prize to WA.”

Twenty three teams from five countries submitted entries in this year’s competition.

The six finalists will compete in a final challenge later this year, with the results to be announced at the end of November.

For more information, visit the WAMBOT team website.

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