The International Autonomous Robot Racing Competition (IARRC) will be held on Sat July 28th at the University of British Columbia. In the competition, small-scale vehicles about the size of an RC car use artificial intelligence to race against each other without human control.
IARRC aim to provide students with a hands-on opportunity to apply what they are learning in school. Ultimately, this competition promotes research in autonomous automotive technology as we believe such technology will improve the safety and quality of transportation.
The first competition was held in April 2005 at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. It has been growing since then, and other participating universities have taken turns hosting. Last year's competition had teams from Waterloo, Windsor, UofToronto, Ottawa, and McMaster attended, and I expect similar teams this year. This year, IARRC 2012 will be held in the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Since its initiation in 2005, the competition continues the legacy of encouraging research and development in the autonomous robotics sector. The ultimate goal of IARRC is to develop a mode of transportation that can be sustainable and be superior in safety.