National Instruments Oceania has declared the teams that will be participating in its Autonomous Robotics student competition. The robotics competition is intended to motivate students to make contributions for advancement in the robotics field.
The 2011 competition will be held from April to September 2011. It will include robotic teams from the nation’s top universities. Each team will develop an autonomous robot, which will be capable of carrying out a group of preset activities in a short duration. The robots that complete the activities in the shortest period will earn the maximum points in a live competition.
The areas of focus for this year's competition include obstacle avoidance, navigation and object manipulation. A development kit including the NI LabVIEW 2010 Robotics Suite and an NI CompactRIO embedded acquisition and control system was supplied to each robotics team for developing an autonomous robot.