MathWorks is organizing a new robotics competition in 2016, with the finals held during the Innorobo tradeshow in Paris.

Registration is closed for 2016. Please contact us with any questions.

2016 Mission

The rover robot will have a mission to explore the surface of Mars by identifying the location of exploration sites on the planet while avoiding obstacles. All in the fastest possible time.

Challenge Objective

The objective of the Mission on Mars Robot Challenge is not to build a robot; the rover robot, 3-D printed and made with Arduino and Raspberry Pi cards, will be provided by MathWorks. The competition’s objective is to optimize the MATLAB and Simulink algorithms used by the rover to complete the mission as fast as possible. Each team will have to improve the simulation model used by the rover for a chance to win.

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Challenge Details

Registration and Materials

Upon registration, teams will receive:

  • Free temporary-use MATLAB and Simulink software
  • A Mars rover simulation model
  • Instructions to work on the model


  • All teams will need to send their optimized model to the MathWorks judges via email before the 24th April.
  • The teams with the best models will be invited to the finals in Paris.

Location of the finals:

Innorobo tradeshow
Les Docks de Paris
50 avenue du Président Wilson
93200 La Plaine Saint-Denis

Registration is closed for 2016. Please contact us with any questions.

Important Dates

  • 8 February 2016: Registration begins
  • 15 April 2016 midnight: Registration closes
  • 24 April 2016 midnight: Final deadline to send in the optimized models by email
  • 29 April 2016: Announcement of finalists
  • 25 May 2016: Finals in Paris with the selected teams

Registration Rules:

  • Between two and four people per team
  • Each team must designate a captain, who will register the team
  • Each team member must be 15 or older
  • MathWorks judges will pre-select (via email) the teams that will participate to the finals of the competition
  • The participation is free (and MathWorks will not pay for travel/accommodation fees)
  • Terms and conditions of the Competition
  • Competition description and guidelines