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Thursday, January 06, 2011

The Top Robot Teams 2010 (Part 2)

MAGIC 2010 Winner
MAGIC 2010, University of Michigan Team
With a squad of 14 robots that worked together autonomously in a complicated mapping exercise, the University of Michigan's team won the inaugural Multi Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge in Australia. With the win, Team Michigan and partner SoarTech earned a grant of $750,000. The team was led by Assistant Professor Edwin Olson, team lead from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Michigan.

The Multi-Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge (MAGIC 2010) was jointly sponsored by the Australian and US Departments of Defence to attract innovative proposals from worldwide research organizations to develop next-generation fully autonomous ground vehicle systems that can be deployed effectively in military operations and civilian emergency situations.

World Robotic Sailing Champion 2010


Austria's ASV Roboat remains the undisputed world champion in robotic sailing. The completely automatic sailing boat from the  Austrian INNOC research team was able to defend its title against eight competitors from the USA, Great Britain, Canada and Germany.

The Microtransat Challenge is a transatlantic race of fully autonomous sailing boats. The race aims to stimulate the development of autonomous sailing boats through friendly competition.

AUV World Champion 2010

Cornell University: The 2010 CUAUV team  

For second year, underwater vehicle team of Cornell University won the first prize in the 13th International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition RoboSub in San Diego, California. With the win, Cornell took home a $6,000 prize.

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR),the goal of this competition is to advance the development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) by challenging a new generation of engineers to perform realistic missions in an underwater environment.  This event also serves to foster ties between young engineers and the organizations developing AUV technologies.

Winner in the “MoonBots” Educational Contest 2010
Team Landroids of New Jersey

Team Landroids of New Jersey, a group of five 8th-grade neighborhood friends who participate in various science competitions and robotics challenges, was named the grand winner of MoonBots.
The competition partnered with major technology leaders including Google, Inc., National Instruments and Wired Magazine’s GeekDad blog and challenged students, ranging from ages 9 – 18, to create simulated lunar rovers, using LEGO bricks and MINDSTORM components, similar to those competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, an international competition for privately funded teams to build a rover to land on and explore the surface of the Moon. More than 200 teams from 16 nations representing every continent but Antarctica registered for MoonBots.

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