August 21st, 25th China Robot and Artificial Intelligence Competition Kicks Off in Mianyang

Mianyang, China – On August 21st, the 25th China Robot and Artificial Intelligence Competition Special Tournament commenced in Mianyang. Nearly 300 teams from over 120 universities and colleges engaged in fierce battles. Since its inception in 1999, the national-level competition has seen over 270,000 university students participate, nurturing a plethora of versatile talents adept in hands-on innovation and effective collaboration.

This year’s special tournament, themed “AI Technology · Innovating the Future,” spotlights cutting-edge artificial intelligence technologies such as bipedal robots and autonomous driving. The competition comprises four major events: Apollo Spark Autonomous Driving, Aelos Humanoid Standard Platform, Roban Humanoid Standard Platform, and Roban Humanoid Standard Platform Virtual Simulation. These events evaluate students across various levels of knowledge and skills, from autonomous driving software algorithm development and debugging to humanoid robot path planning, navigation, vision algorithm development, and motion control algorithm development.

During the special tournament, teams from renowned institutions like Tsinghua University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Sun Yat-sen University, Beijing Institute of Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Suzhou University, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and Chongqing University of Technology showcased the forefront of technologies and innovative applications in fields like autonomous driving, robotics, and artificial intelligence. “They underwent rigorous selection rounds before advancing to the finals,” noted Park Song-ho, the Executive Chairman of the China Robot and Artificial Intelligence Competition.

Since its inception in 1999, the competition has seen participation from over 600 universities, involving more than 270,000 university students. It has significantly contributed to the cultivation of versatile talents known for their proactive approach, daring innovation, and effective collaboration. As a platform for technological innovation contests, the competition will continue to focus on cultivating and selecting top-tier innovative talents in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, selecting outstanding preparatory talents for the national youth science and technology innovation team, and supporting the development of the robotics and artificial intelligence industry, thereby driving the establishment of the “AI+” and “Robot+” new economic industry systems.

Simultaneously, at the AI conference held on the same day, experts and scholars including Yang Shanlin, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and professor at Hefei University of Technology, and Sun Lining, foreign academician of the Russian Academy of Engineering and dean of the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Suzhou University, delved into topics related to future industrial innovation and development. “In the past decade, China has consecutively been the world’s largest consumer of industrial robots,” noted Academician Sun Lining. He emphasized that the nation’s “14th Five-Year Plan” outlines the ambition to establish itself as a global source, a high-end manufacturing hub, and an integrated application innovation center for robots, providing clear directions for the development and innovation of China’s robotics industry.

“Through this competition, Mianyang has demonstrated its commitment to advancing the new industrialization and accelerating the construction of a modern industrial system. It also serves as a strong foundation for establishing ourselves as a demonstration area for AI applications and a talent hub,” stated a representative from the Mianyang Science and Technology City New Area. Since last year, the New Area has been proactively building future technological application scenarios and deepening its efforts in future industries. It has persisted in combining focused breakthroughs with overall progress, exploring the establishment of a development model characterized by “one leading team, one research institute, one training base, one industry fund, and one industrial park,” successfully attracting over 30 robotics enterprises. It is projected that by 2025, the number of enterprises settling in the Robot Intelligent Manufacturing Industrial Park will surpass 120, with an output value exceeding one billion yuan.