Swinburne Sarawak students to represent Malaysia in China
KUCHING: Three Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus engineering students will compete in an intelligent car competition in China after winning the Malaysian leg of the Freescale Cup recently.
William Zon, Ling Ting Yang and Carmella Sim beat 36 teams from public and private institutions of higher learning nationwide to receive RM3,000.
The competition was held at the Multimedia University in Cyberjaya. Winning the national championship qualifies the team for the Global Freescale Cup Challenge, which will be held in Harbin from Aug 22-24.
They will face champions from Brazil, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, Europe and the US.
“We are thrilled to have won and it is truly an honour to represent the country at this prestigious competition. We will certainly do our best at the tougher tournament in China,” said team advisor and engineering lecturer Dr Hudyjaya Siswoyo Jo.
“Of course, we also look at the experience and knowledge the students will gain from this exposure.”
This is the second year in a row Swinburne Sarawak has won the Freescale Cup. Last year, the university took first and second place.
“Winning this year’s Freescale Cup again shows that we are continuously improving. More importantly, it indicates that we are arming our students with the right engineering skills and knowledge,” Hudyjaya said.
Universiti Malaysia Sabah was second while Monash University Sunway Campus was third.
The Freescale Cup is a global competition where student teams build, programme and race a model car around a track for speed. The fastest car to complete the track without derailing wins.
The development of the race car requires strong knowledge in robotics and mechatronics engineering, which involves mechanical and electronic design as well as image processing and embedded system implementation. Freescale is a US manufacturer of microcontrollers, microprocessors and semiconductors, specialising in smart vehicle control system.
The competition is organised to promote the application of advanced embedded system in automobile control.