Global Online Premiere for Behind-the-Scenes Robotics Documentary, “Brains, Cranes and Other Ordeals”

Exclusive Feature-Length Film From University Of Leeds' Real Robotics Lab To Debut on YouTube at 7pm, November 24th 2020

Leeds, UK, November 11th 2020---Real Robotics, a state-of-the-art engineering lab at the University of Leeds that develops custom robots to solve real-world problems, today announces the global online premiere of its feature-length film. The film documents the Real Robotics team in their bid to win the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) earlier this year. The film will debut exclusively on YouTube on November 24th 2020. The trailer is available now ( and the documentary will be available on 24th November 2020 at 7pm GMT via this link:

This exclusive feature-length documentary, "Brain, Cranes and Other Ordeals", tracks the team's progress through to the final rounds of the world-renowned MBZIRC bi-annual international robotics competition, hosted in Abu Dhabi in February 2020. Real Robotics was the only UK team to qualify for the last stages of the contest.

The exciting 55-minute film was developed in-house and offers a fascinating, behind-the-scenes insight into the high-octane world of competitive robotics - where the world's leading robotics researchers compete for the prestigious winner's title and $5 million worth of prize money.
The documentary premiere is part of EU Robotics Week, which runs from 19th-29th November 2020, with the aim of bringing robotics research and development closer to the public. For more information about EU Robotics Week, please visit:
Professor Robert Richardson, head of the Real Robotics Lab and current Chair of the UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems (UK-RAS) Network commented: "This film really captures the thrills and spills of competing in this incredibly high-profile event, where we were pitted against the world's top robotics problem-solvers. Our aim in making this documentary was to offer an access-all-areas insight into the challenges, the pressures and the exhilaration of showcasing robotics innovation at the very top level, and we can't wait to share this film with a worldwide audience."
How will the only UK team fare against 31 teams of the best robotics brains from around the world? Tune in to the Real Robotics YouTube channel (@realrobotics) at 7pm GMT on November 24th 2020 to find out!


Additional information

Brains Cranes and other Ordeals

Sometimes robots just won't play ball

TRT: 55 mins

EXHIBITION FORMAT: YouTube HD video - Free to watch


DETAILS: Colour, English

24th November 2020 (Worldwide)
Real Robotics YouTube Channel (@realrobotics)


About Real Robotics (
The Real Robotics Lab is based at the University of Leeds and headed up by Professor Rob Richardson, a world-renowned expert in robotics and current Chair of ESPRC UK Robotics & Autonomous Systems (UK-RAS) Network. He leads a core team of 12 specialists in unique robotic design with access to world-class, state-of-the-art facilities.
The Real Robotics team is driving innovation and breakthrough research in mechanical design, 3D modelling, rapid manufacturing, UGV design, UGV autonomous navigation, UAV payload design, Computer Vision, Object detection, Robotics manipulator design, prototyping, 3d printing and UAV autonomous navigation

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