Singapore, 12 May 2014 — The automation landscape for the future is changing rapidly. The US Army is considering replacing thousands of soldiers with robots and unmanned platforms to transport supplies; Google bought military grade robot engineering company Boston Dynamics as its eight buy out in six months; and even in homes vacuum cleaners now work unattended. With the trend swinging towards more autonomous systems, ST Electronics (Training & Simulation Systems) Pte Ltd’s inaugural Tech-Factor Challenge inevitably focused on promotingthe innovativeuse of robotics and artificial intelligence to cultivate talent in robotics engineeringfor applications in civil defence and security.
Launched last July, the challenge was supported by the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society and open to final year engineering students of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS) who participated with their final year projects for their respective universities.
Taking up this challenge, were six teams from the NTU and five teams from the NUSwho designed and developed robotics applications and built prototypes to demonstrate their ideas for application in civil defence and security. Given a boost through a $3,000 grant from ST Electronicsto defray the cost of building the prototype robot, each team was able to also tap on the experience and knowledge of their university supervisors, while engineers from ST Electronics acted as mentorsprovidingpractical advice and guidance.
Contestants were given ten months to work on their robots, the same time frame as their university final year project. The competition ended on 18 April 2014 and judging began thereafter.
Tapping on their passion and creativity, many participants turned their childhood fantasies into reality, designing robots ranging from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to surveillance and medical robots; all ready to help man in areas of operationssuch as places which are inaccessible or for tasks that may pose a risk to lives.
The eleven teams vied for two Platinum Awards and awards in four other categories,namely Best Innovation Award, Best System Engineering Award, Best Commercial Viability Award and Best Presenting Team Award, worth a total of $18,000 in cash prizes. The awards ceremony was held at the NUS UniversityTown on 12 May 2014.
"Engineering propelled man to excel since the beginning of time when cavemen built their first tools and weapons to fight for survival. Today, engineering focuses on helping humans function more efficiently, providing a conducive environment for living and even providing security to protect ourselves. ST Electronics sees the importance of developing budding engineers and in helping them fulfill their ideas and dreams and keep their innovative and pioneering spirits strong. With this inaugural Tech-Factor Challenge, we wanted to tap the potential of our engineering students and hope to see“out of this world” ideas brought to life."said CHAN Hua Tek Senior Vice President / General Manager, ST Electronics (Training & Simulation Systems)
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