Australia’s Defence Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO) has partnered with the US Department of Defense to announce a new robot competition called the Multi-Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge (MAGIC).
The competition will take place in Australia in November of 2010 at a yet to be determined location.
The challenge for the competitors is to develop a proposal demonstrating teams of robotic vehicles that can autonomously coordinate their activities and execute a mission in a changing urban environment. The robots must detect, monitor and neutralise a number of potential threats to meet the challenge goals and an international panel of experts will judge the entries.
The top five entries will be shortlisted and receive research grants of $100,000 US. After that, the top three teams will be picked to receive further funding.
See the full details here.
Robots are kind of MAGICal aren’t they?