Hi Robot Racing Fans,
The University of Waterloo will once again host the International Autonomous Robot Racing Competition with the cooperation of LaurioBotics team in Wilfrid Laurier University! The date will be confirmed in the next weeks, but we intend to hold it in late July. If any teams wish to participate, but have conflicting events we should be aware of, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately. The prizes, venue and competition elements will all remain the same, and the dates and refined rules will be posted in the coming weeks.
If your team is interested in participating this year, send us an email before the end of September to confirm your participation!
Looking forward to a great year of racing!
Raj Shah – Chief Organizer firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayar Tharowat – Vice Chief Organizer email@example.com
A huge congratulations to all the competitors for putting on another impressive show from last year. This time the tables were turned with Waterloo seeing computer troubles (instead of Georgia Tech) and the Robojackets taking the top spot. Western made some impressive gains over last year and our newest competitors, CMS Gomti Nagar, from half way around the world in Lucknow, India, brought an impressive skid-steer design that performed admirably for a second place finish. All point scores and award amounts are posted on the Results page.
And on a less ebullient note, this will be the last time that I host the IARRC challenge at Waterloo. If anyone is interested in continuing this great tradition, please contact me immediately for all the documentation.
As the final days to the big event count down, I wanted to remind you that your design reports are due tomorrow, by 5PM EST. Also, we have an optional video competition, as described in the rules, with the due date set for Friday, July 8th at 5PM EST. A cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the best video.
A minor correction to the rules which had the incorrect dates for the design reports. These are due on July 2, 2016, per the dates listed on the website. Very much looking forward to seeing the progress the teams have made this year!
The 2016 rules updates are now posted, so have a look. The big change is a new location, due to construction on campus in our previous race track area. We’ve also eliminated the tunnel and made a more tempting short-cut, for teams who can navigate tight corners well. We also changed the scoring significantly, in the hopes that true autonomy is awarded more, and the circuit results will way more heavily in the results. Lastly, since we had two teams complete the circuit race loop last year, we will now enforce the rule that a loop must be completed to be eligible for prizes.
We would also like to extend the early bird registration deadline to February 29th, 2016, and are actively looking for new teams. We already have registrants from Canada, India and Egypt, making this a truly international undertaking.
Thanks to main sponsors continuing their long term support of the competition, we are again proud to be hosting the 2016 event at the University of Waterloo. There will be some changes to the location (we must move to an adjacent parking lot due to new construction), but the main rules will remain the same, allowing teams to focus on lane detection, motion planning and vehicle to vehicle collision avoidance. Looking forward to seeing some serious head-to-head competition this year, in both the drag and circuit races!
All input on rules and feedback from this year’s event is very welcome! We look forward to hosting you all again this coming summer!