KDU’s robot competition challenges engineering students ingenuity
The School of Engineering (SOE) at KDU University College recently held its inaugural ‘SOE Robot Competition 2015’ on Oct 28, 2015 at the atrium of the Utropolis Glenmarie campus.
This internal school competition saw five teams competing to challenge their proficiency in programming and maneuvering the new Arduino Robot.
The Arduino Robot is the first official Arduino on wheels. The robot has two processors, one on each of its two boards. The Motor Board controls the motors, and the Control Board reads sensors and decides how to operate. Both Motor and Control boards are microcontroller boards based on the ATmega32u4, a low-power Atmel 8-bit AVR RISC-based microcontroller. Each of the boards is a full Arduino board programmable using the Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The Robot has many of its pins mapped to on-board sensors and actuators.
Robot programming needs in-depth knowledge learned in classroom, as well as practical design and problem solving approaches, which is what the competition is based on.
“The robot competition consists of two stages, each challenging students in the technical knowledge at a different level,” said Ir. Dr. Matthew Teow Yok Wooi, Head of School of Engineering.
“The first stage is ‘Artist Robot Competition’, where students manoeuvre the robot to draw the SOE logo. Students are challenged to design a best-suited drawing mechanism for their logo creation, and to automate the drawing process through the Arduino robot.”
The second stage is the far more challenging ‘Maze Solving Competition’. Here, participants were asked to maneuver the robot and further navigate it through a maze. In order to win the game, they need to successfully exit the maze within a specific time frame.
Team Infinity, consisting of Diploma in Electric and Electronics Engineering students Lim Kim Long and Tan Jiunn Woei, eventually emerged as the Champions in this competition, walking away with a cash prize of RM300.
First runners-up went to Oreo Rebels, formed up by Jonathan Victor Patricks, Goh Peng Hung and Yasitharan a/l Parthiven, with RM200 cash prize. Second runners-up meanwhile went to Choo Kam Khuen, Edwin Loh Yong-Sen, and Vimreen Singh Bhattal from team Vey-Ron, with a cash prize of RM100. Prizes were given out by Associate Professor Dr. Hon Wei Min, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) of KDU University College.