Who we are
The Competitive Robotics Group are a cross-disciplinary student team who develop autonomous ground and aerial vehicles for research and global competition purposes. Founded in 2013, we’ve quickly become one of the best performing competitive student groups in Australia and hold performance records internationally!
There are three divisions within the Competitive Robotics Group:
- MBZ (the MBZIRC team) who focus on competing in the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Competition. MBZIRC is a biennial international robotics competition.
- NIARC (the National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition team) concentrate on the NI Autonomous Robotics Competition; a student robotics competition designed to encourage development and innovation in the field of robotics.
- The FRC team (FIRST Robotics Challenge), aims to inspire young people (aged between 14-18) to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics by engaging them in fun and exciting robotics projects. The FRC team is best suited to students willing to share their experience through a rewarding mentor program.
Major goals and achievements
- 2019: The MBZ team are preparing to compete in the 2019 Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Competition
- 2017: From 143 applicants from 35 countries, UNSW’s Competitive Robotics MBZ team was one of a small number of teams selected to compete in the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Competition and were the only Australian entrant to qualify.
- 2015: The team became the first Australian team to compete in the Intelligent Ground Vehicles Competition in the United States, which has been running for over 20 years, winning five awards and placing second overall. Among the awards were two first places in the autonomous navigation challenges, earned by flawlessly setting two course records with a wide margin.
- 2014: The team split to compete as two separate entities for the National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition (Sydney, NSW, Australia), ultimately winning the tournament's first and second places.
- 2014: The team took the grand prize in the first heat of the Autonomous Ground Vehicle Competition (Geelong, VIC, Australia).
- 2013: The team returned with the second-place trophy from the National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition (Melbourne, VIC, Australia).
- 2013: The team achieved the best autonomous navigation performance with a second-place overall rank at the Autonomous Ground Vehicle Competition (Geelong, VIC, Australia).