Minesweepers is an international robotics competition in which teams compete to design and build robots that can detect and report simulated landmines in a specific arena. As a robotic competition, Minesweepers provides an inspirational and motivational platform for students, researchers and laypersons alike to present their work to a wider forum with extensive media coverage. In this competition, each participating team constructs a teleoperated/autonomous unmanned ground/aerial vehicle that must be able to search for underground and aboveground anti-personnel landmines and UXOs. The position and the type of each detected object are visualized and overlaid on the minefield map. The robot must be able to navigate through rough terrain that mimics a real minefield.
The competition has three main categories:
Minesweepers–Academia: for undergraduate and postgraduate students, where only metallic objects are available in the competition arena and landmine detection and minefield mapping are required.
Minesweepers-Juniors: for elementary and high school students, where only metallic objects are available in the competition arena and only landmine detection is required.
Minesweepers–Industry: for professional companies, where metallic and non-metallic objects with different dimensions and profiles are available in the competition arena and landmine detection, landmine imagining and minefield mapping are required.
The competition launched for the first time in 2012 in Egypt and has happened annually subsequently, in Egypt in 2013, Portugal in 2014 and Chile in 2015.
The organizers are the IEEE RAS Egypt Chapter, Hadath for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Universidad Catolica del Norte (2015 hosting from Chile).
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