Published on: 07-Feb-2017
Team NTU is led by SCSE Associate Professor Suresh Sundaram. The team consists of ten undergraduates from SCSE, EEE and MAE and four research staff from ST Engineering - NTU Corporate Laboratory.
The members are (from Left): Ashwin Balaji Venkataramani (EEE, Year 3), Singaram Venkatachalam (EEE, Year 4), Xu Yan (Project Officer*), Nikhil Venkatesh (SCSE, Year 4), Dr. Harikumar Kandath (Research Fellow*), Rahul Nambiar (MAE, Year 3), Dr. Rajarshi Baradhan (Research Fellow*), Associate Professor Suresh Sundaram (SCSE), Richmond Ten Wy Xin (MAE, Year 3), Dr. Titas Bera (Research Fellow*), Muhammad Arbab (Project Officer*), Prashant Trivedi (MAE, Year 4), Nicholas Adrian (MAE, Year 3**), Pratyum Jagannath (SCSE, Year 4**), Sachin Dalmia (SCSE, Year 4**), Vidur Sharma (SCSE, Year 3**)
*ST Engineering - NTU Corporate Laboratory
** Not in picture
Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) is an exciting platform that provides autonomous, multi-robot collaboration challenges for participating university teams to showcase the technologies associated with joint synergy. Along with some of the top universities in the race such as Georgia Tech, Imperial College of London and Carnegie Mellon University, NTU is proud to be one of the 28 teams selected for the final round of the competition which will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE in March 2017. The NTU team is the only squad from Singapore as well as one of four universities to qualify from Asia. The team has made her way through four progressive rounds of challenges which were submitted over to a selection panel in Abu Dhabi. The team hopes to clinch the winning prize money of US $5 million in the finals.
The competition provides an arena to design and develop autonomous robots catering to three real life challenges. The first challenge requires an unmanned aerial vehicle to autonomously locate, track and land on a moving vehicle. The second challenge involves an unmanned ground vehicle capable of operating a valve using a robotic arm. The final challenge requires collaborative robotics between multiple drones to pick up objects and drop them off at specified locations. Team NTU is concurrently working on all challenges and is in the process of identifying some promising solutions to meet all three tasks.
We wish the team all the best at the finals!
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