IARRC 2017 Is Complete!

Hello Everyone!

A loud round of applause to all the competitors, who did a great job this year. Learning from the computer problems UWaterloo faced last year, they placed first this time. PRDG, a new high school participant, displayed an incredible performance and took the second spot, with Georgia Tech placing third.

It’s been my pleasure hosting IARRC 2017, and I look forward to having you again!


Raj Shah


IARRC 2017 Is Finally Here!

We are just hours away from the beginning of the competition. The final team count for this year is 9, which is a significant growth from last year.

If you’re in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, make sure to stop by University of Waterloo’s Engineering 5 Parking Lot to check out the race!

Happy racing!

Updated Rules and Early Bird Registration Extension

The 2017 rules updates are now posted, so have a look!
Also, since there is more interest in the competition and and we are happily looking for new teams, we would like to extend the early bird registration deadline to February 28th, 2017.

Have a happy racing!

IARRC 2017 Rules now available!

The rules for the 2017 IARRC are now posted on the site. The main challenges that will face all teams are:

1)     High-speed vehicle localization

2)     High-speed vehicle control (acceleration and braking) on different surfaces

3)     Stop light and lane marking detection

4)     Collision avoidance with static objects along boundaries of course

5)     Collision avoidance with other competing robots

Also, a reminder that the deadlines for early bird registration and final registration are Feb. 28th, 2017 and April 15th, 2017 respectively.

Happy racing!

Good news! IARRC 2017 to be held at the University of Waterloo AGAIN!

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                                                                                     r43shah@uwaterloo.ca


2016 Highlight Video now available

Robot Racing 2016 is now complete!

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.

Signing off,

Steven Waslander