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National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition


Australia – August 18, 2016 – NI (Nasdaq: NATI), 25 teams from 19 universities across Australia and New Zealand will be competing in one of the highly-anticipated events of the year, the National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition (NI ARC). This year’s theme, Hospital of the Future, challenges the students to design, program and build a robot that will compete in a “live” match next month, at the Great Hall of the University of Technology Sydney.

Launched in 2011, NI ARC is an annual competition popular amongst universities in Australia and New Zealand. It has grown from 10 teams, in its debut year, to more than 30 teams this year. The competition attracts more than 20 top universities in Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Chandran Nair, Vice President for Asia Pacific, NI, said: “We are pleased that the Autonomous Robotics Competition has gained traction over the past few years. At NI, we believe in guiding students to move from theory and simulation to experimentation and in enabling them to “do engineering” throughout their education. NI ARC is one of our key initiatives in achieving this. I look forward to an exciting competition.”

Participating teams are required to pass five milestones over six months to be able to compete in the live final.
Remaining finalists who pass the fifth and final milestone by the end of August, will go on to compete for 2016 NI ARC championship on Sep, 26.

Previous NI ARC themes have explored industries ranging from agriculture to search and rescue, transport and logistics to mining. This year, the students are tasked to delve into the role of robotics in the healthcare industry.

“From exoskeletons to providing surgical precision, robots are already playing a leading role in the improvement and preservation of human life. The extraordinary advancements in technology being applied to robotics see them already supporting doctors in surgery and remote medicine practice through to basic supply functions and efficiencies in hospitals,” said NI Managing Director ASEAN/NZ, Mr Matej Krajnc.

In what is the largest competition across universities in the region, the NI ARC competitors have been tasked to develop robots that can transport medicine represented by cubes around a simulated hospital environment, avoiding static and dynamic obstacles, in the shortest amount of time possible.

Teams will be coming from all over Australia and New Zealand to compete in the live final at the University of Technology Sydney.

“UTS is delighted to be the host for the 2016 NI Robotics Challenge. This is a genuinely dynamic opportunity for students throughout Australia to demonstrate proficiency and innovation in problem solving and technical ability,” said Professor Ian Burnett, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT), UTS.

“I am particularly pleased that two UTS teams are participating, representing the strengths of this Faculty, and especially our Centre for Autonomous Systems (CAS), an internationally acclaimed research group specializing in robotics research developing innovative enabling technologies for positive societal change.”

NI supports each of the competing teams with a NI myRIO embedded measurement and control platform and LabVIEW Robotics Software Suite. These products give students industry proven technology that helps them design complex engineering systems with great efficiency, affordability and accelerated productivity.

Past winners are: 2015, University of South Australia, Team MERC; 2014, University of NSW, Team Lab202; 2013, Victoria University of Wellington, Team Ownbot2.0; 2012, Swinburne University, Team SUAVE; 2011, Swinburne University, Team SUAVE.

The National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition (NI ARC) will be held at the University of Technology Sydney on the Monday, September 26, 2016 from 7am until 5pm. Members of the media are invited to the competition.

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WHAT: National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition
WHEN: 26/09/2016 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm)
WHERE: Great Hall, University of Technology Sydney

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