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The 1st Annual Autonomous Ground Vehicle Competition (AGVC) is jointly organised by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR). The event is open to Australian tertiary students and will be hosted by CISR at the Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus between 21 November and 1 December 2013. The AGVC is an annual event intended to stimulate robotics related research in Australian tertiary institutions.
The competition requires competitors to develop autonomous robotic vehicles to successfully negotiate an outdoor obstacle course under a prescribed time. To complete the challenge competitors must: (i) navigate autonomously within the marked lanes; (ii) maintain minimum/maximum speed between 1.6-16 kph and (iii) negotiate flags and obstacles and locate multiple navigation waypoints.
Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 performing teams. 1st place will receive a $15,000 prize plus two economy return airfares to compete at the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) in the USA and an additional $2,000 towards expenses. 2nd and 3rd places will receive prizes of $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. Additionally, at the discretion of the judging panel an Innovation Award of up to $5,000 will be made to recognise particularly innovative ideas or technologies. Following the submission of completed entry forms the organising committee may also choose to award research grants of up to $1,500 to teams whose approach is considered to be of particular interest.
Further information about the 1st Annual Autonomous Ground Vehicle Competition, including rules and entry forms, may be found at www.agvc.net.au.