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BIT UAV Team Won the MBZIRC UAV Challenge

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Translator: News Agency of BIT Lai Hongdi

Editor:News Center of BIT Zhao Jie


  From March 16th to 18th, the first Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) were held in Abu Dhabi. In the Competition of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), the UAV team of Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), the Flying Eagle, ranked first in both the tryout as well as the final, and therefore won 350,000 dollars. The crown prince of United Arab Emirates presented the award to the Flying Eagle himself in the award ceremony.



  According to the reports, the Challenge is hosted by the United Arab Emirates Khalifa University and it includes 3 challenges and 1 grand challenge with a total prize of 5 million dollars. There were in total 143 teams taking part in the tryout and only 26 of them making it into the final. Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics(BUAA)and BIT participated in the Challenge on behalf of China, and the Flying Eagle of BIT won the champion in the first challenge which requires UAV to locate, track and land on a moving vehicle.



  The Flying Eagle consists of teachers and students from the Laboratory of UVA Autonomous Control of the BIT School of Astronautics. In the MBZIRC UAV Challenge, the BIT UVA team competed with many teams from world-class universities, such as Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pennsylvania, Lincoln University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Imperial College London, ETH Zürich, RWTH Aachen University, The University of Tokyo, etc. The competition represents the very best in the field of UVA autonomous control nowadays.



  During the competition, Chinese ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Ni Jian, paid a visit and spent time with the BIT UVA team, getting to know the competition and the results. He congratulated the BITers for their achievement and encouraged the students to build the country with the technology and knowledge they have acquired. Afterwards, with great interest, Ambassador Ni Jian discussed with the competition participants on problems such as the development of UAV system and artificial technology.



  P.S. BIT owed special thanks to the Representative Office of China North Industries Corporation in the United Arab Emirates, for their great support to the BIT UAV team during the MBZIRC.

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