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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. The competition, Multi-Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge, 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 was shortlisted from a group of 12 semi-finalists and they are one of only six international teams chosen for the finals. 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."

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