Dean of Engineering at the University of Waterloo is our principle sponsor

A huge thank you to our Dean of Engineering, Pearl Sullivan, who has once again joined us as principle sponsor of the International Autonomous Robot Racing Competition for 2015.  Because of this strong support, we are happy to announce that the prizes for this year’s competition are as follows:

1st place: $3,000

2nd place: $1,000

3rd place: $500

Five teams geared up to compete in IARRC 2015

This year’s competition is looking to be another epic battle of racing robots.  We have three of the four teams from last year plus two new entrants, slating to make this a great showdown with a very good chance at prize money for all the competitors.  Thanks to all the teams who got their entries in and have committed to coming to the University of Waterloo in July 2015!

If you have not yet registered your team, and are considering a bid, please contact us immediately.  We have decided to extend the early bird pricing until March 31st, 2015, so registration is still possible for $200.00 CAD.  Please visit our registration page as soon as possible and send in your cheques.

Happy racing!

IARRC 2015 Rules now available.

The rules for the 2015 IARRC are now posted on the site.  The biggest changes include:

  1. Outdoor only, and will go forward outdoors even if the ground is wet or light rain, but heavy rain will cause a delay to Sunday.  Two days of heavy rain will cause the event to go indoors on Sunday, although we consider this rather unlikely.
  2. The traffic light is lower at 30 cm, so that it is more easily visible to small robots.
  3. The deadlines for early bird registration and final registration are Jan 31st, 2015 and April 15th, 2015 respectively.

Happy racing!


IARRC 2015 Dates Set – July 10-11, 2015

We are aiming for an earlier competition date this year,  July 10-11, 2014.  Please disseminate our flyer to anyone who might be interested in participating! 



IARRC 2015 to be held at the University of Waterloo

Hi Robot Racing Fans,

The University of Waterloo will once again host the International Autonomous Robot Racing Competition, now the 10th instance of this exciting event.  The date will be confirmed in the next weeks, but we intend to hold it  in late June/early July, depending on other events.  If any teams wish to participate, but have conflicting events we should be aware of, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately.


Steven Waslander

Chief Organizer – IARRC 2015

Montage video of the 2014 IARRC event action!

Check it out: great competition videos of the circuit and drag races inside in the Student Design Centre at the University of Waterloo.

Video of the event highlights:

University of Waterloo team vehicle demos:

2014 IARRC Event a huge success

The 2014 IARRC Challenge is now complete!  Congratulations to our competitors, and a huge thanks to our sponsors and volunteers.   In all, $7,000 in prize money has been awarded to the top four teams as follows:

1.  Georgia Tech Robojackets – 369 points, $ 4,000 – First Place Prize

2.  University of  Waterloo Robotics Team – 301 points, $ 1,500 – Second Place Prize

3.  University of Western Ontario WEBots – 223 points, $ 1,000 – Third Place Prize

4.  Waterloo Collegiate Institute Viking Robotics – 214 points, $ 500 Judge’s Discretionary Prize


It was an amazing, and challenging event, moved indoors due to rain.  We saw some excellent autonomous racing, and are looking forward to many more great stories at next year’s event.  Stay tuned for photos and video of the event, and for announcements concerning the 2015 competition in the weeks to come.




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