What is the NI Autonomous Robotics Competition or NI ARC?
The National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition (NI ARC) is a student robotics competition designed to encourage development and innovation in the field of robotics.
The NI ARC features competing student teams representing the top universities from across Australia and New Zealand, with each team developing an autonomous robot within 7 months that will ultimately compete in a live competition.
The robotics application areas of focus are navigation, obstacle avoidance and object handling.
Cash prizes - $2500, $1000 and $500 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be at stake. Teams who successfully completes the competition task get to keep the NI Robotics Development kit comprised of LabVIEW Robotics Software Suite and NI myRIO embedded measurement and control platform.
What is involved in the NI ARC 2016?
For 2016, the competition task will revolve around the medical industry.
Built around the theme ‘Hospital of the future’, team robots will have to complete tasks such as navigating to different rooms in a hospital setting to deliver medicine while avoiding various obstacles. The team's objective is to optimise their robot's performance to do required tasks with the least amount of time to earn the most amount of points.