(From L-R): USP students Peni Jitoko and Ram Singh with Senior Lecturer Dr Utkal Mehta pose for a photo with their robots.
A team of Engineers from The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment will participate in the Asia-Pacific Robot Contest 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand on 21 August 2016 with the theme “Clean Energy Recharging the World.”
The Robot Contest, which is known as “Game of ABU Robocon 2016” is an international showdown of ideas in order to create the 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), Dr Utkal Mehta, Assistant Lecturer Mr Sumesh Narayan, Lab Technician Mr Sanjay Singh and five students studying in the Bachelor of Engineering programme - Ram Singh, Peni Jitoko, Sumeet Kumar, Shyamendra Prasad and Asneet Sagar.
Dr Mehta said the team’s participation aligns with a number of priority areas of USP’s Strategic Plan (2013–2018), including Priority Area 3 which has an objective of internationalisation of student experience and Priority Area 4, which aims to take a lead role in the region’s ICT development.
He further stated that 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 Wind Turbine Propeller from Eco Robot and climb up Wind Turbine Pole in order to assemble 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 SEP’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,” Dr Mehta said.
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