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Posted: Feb 16, 2015
US$ 5 million robotics challenge launched in Abu Dhabi
(Nanowerk News) Khalifa University announced today the launch of the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC). This international robotics competition will be held every two years and offers prizes worth a total of USD 5 million, with the first challenge being held in November, 2016.
Attended by HH Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court and Deputy Chairman of Khalifa University Board of Trustees, other members of Khalifa University’s Board of Trustees, senior management, members of the international judging committee and distinguished dignitaries, the Challenge was announced today at a launching ceremony held at Khalifa University’s Abu Dhabi campus. The event was facilitated by two robots, Reem and Reem-C, who directed guests to their seats and acted as Masters of Ceremony.
“We are thankful to His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his patronage of this challenge, and to His Highness Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for his close supervision and continuous encouragement. Challenges like this stimulate students and researchers from all over the world to enable scientific research and innovation” said Dr. Arif Al Hammadi, Khalifa University’s Executive Vice President.