Rac­ing robots at en­gi­neer­ing de­sign show

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Pro­gram­ming Lego robots to have a sense of di­rec­tion has been the task for a class of Univer­sity of Waikato soft­ware en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents.

“Each ro­bot must be de­signed so that it can ‘sense’ its way around a given track at the fastest speed pos­si­ble,” says Univer­sity of Waikato en­gi­neer­ing tu­tor Alista Fow.

“What de­fines a suc­cess­ful ro­bot largely comes down to how the team has pro­grammed the soft­ware to work with the hard­ware, plus we’ve also seen a lot of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with the num­ber and place­ment of the sen­sors.”

The ro­bot race was a part of the Carter Holt Har­vey Pulp & Pa­per En­gi­neer­ing De­sign Show in Oc­to­ber.

Dur­ing the two-day event, sec­ond, third and fourth- year En­gi­neer­ing stu­dents show­cased their re­search and de­sign projects in the forms of posters, dis­plays and sem­i­nars.

From left: Univer­sity of Waikato Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing (Hon­ours) stu­dents Jeff Mo, Sheena Mira-ato, Brad Hansen, Ryan Jones and Peter Oomen with the Lego robots they will race at the up­com­ing Carter Holt Har­vey Pulp & Pa­per En­gi­neer­ing De­sign Show.

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