USP en­gi­neers vie for ro­bot con­test ti­tle

Team of eight staff, students to take part in Asia-Pa­cific Ro­bot Con­test 2016 in Bangkok on Au­gust 21

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Ateam of students with staff mem­bers from the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific will be com­pet­ing at an in­ter­na­tional ro­bot con­test in Bangkok, Thai­land.

The univer­sity’s Fac­ulty of Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and En­vi­ron­ment will be par­tic­i­pat­ing at the Asia-Pa­cific Ro­bot Con­test 2016 on Au­gust 21. The theme is ‘Clean En­ergy Recharg­ing the World’. ‘Game of ABU Robo­con 2016’ is an in­ter­na­tional show­down of ideas. It cre­ates aware­ness of ef­fi­cient en­ergy con­sump­tion and clean and re­new­able en­ergy util­i­sa­tion. Robo­con team at USP com­prises Se­nior Lec­turer from the School of En­gi­neer­ing and Physics (SEP), Utkal Me­hta, As­sis­tant Lec­turer Sumesh Narayan, Lab Tech­ni­cian San­jay Singh and five students study­ing in the Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing pro­gramme - Ram Singh, Peni Ji­toko, Sumeet Kumar, Shya­men­dra Prasad and As­neet Sa­gar. Mr Me­hta said the team’s par­tic­i­pa­tion aligns with a num­ber of pri­or­ity ar­eas of USP’s Strate­gic Plan (2013–2018). This in­cludes Pri­or­ity Area 3 which has an ob­jec­tive of in­ter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence and Pri­or­ity Area 4. It aims to take a lead role in the re­gion’s ICT de­vel­op­ment. He said the ro­bot con­struc­tion has been com­pleted for the com­pe­ti­tion and students hope to demon­strate a good per­for­mance in Bangkok. As per the theme of the com­pe­ti­tion, each team has to build two ro­bots; Eco Ro­bot and Hybrid Ro­bot. Eco Ro­bot does not have an ac­tu­a­tor to drive. It re­ceives the driving en­ergy from Hybrid Ro­bot. Eco Ro­bot has to use only one steer­ing ac­tu­a­tor to control its di­rec­tion, to track the path con­tain­ing Slopes and Hills, River, and Down Hill. Be­sides pro­vid­ing driving en­ergy to Eco Ro­bot, Hybrid Ro­bot has to take the wind tur­bine pro­pel­ler from Eco Ro­bot and climb up the wind tur­bine pole in or­der to as­sem­ble the wind tur­bine.

Fiji TV has been film­ing a doc­u­men­tary on the dif­fer­ent stages of con­struc­tion of the ro­bots by the Robo­con team. This doc­u­men­tary is ex­pected to be aired later in the year. Ja­pan’s NHK TV has also con­ducted a full cov­er­age to doc­u­ment the school’s ef­forts to adopt ICT so­lu­tions to the de­vel­op­ment of the Pa­cific re­gion. “The doc­u­men­tary will help show au­di­ence around the re­gion that USP is fo­cus­ing on the use of tech­nol­ogy and the teach­ing of prob­lem solv­ing skills in en­gi­neer­ing,” Me­hta said.

Photo: Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific

USP set to par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­na­tional ro­bot con­test.

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