Victorian students win 2011 NI Autonomous Robotics competition using maxon motors

Victorian students win 2011 NI Autonomous Robotics competition

Student teams from ten of Australia’s top universities recently competed in the inaugural National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition, a student competition focused on inspiring student innovation in the field of robotics.

The winners of the 2011 competition were Team SUAVE from Swinburne University of Technology in Victoria, with Team RMIT CRITTER from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology taking out second place. Maxon Motor provided each team with a voucher for the purchase of precision motors and Team Suave used maxon motors and controllers in their winning entry.

Team SUAVE received a winner’s prize of $3,000 with Team RMIT Critter receiving $1,500 for second place, in addition, all teams that successfully competed on the day will maintain ownership of the competition development kits provided by National Instruments, which included NI LabVIEW and an NI CompactRIO embedded acquisition and control system.

“We were thrilled with the efforts of all the competing teams in the inaugural NI Autonomous Robotics Competition” said Mark Phillips, marketing manager for National Instruments Oceania.

“Our competition winners, Team SUAVE from Swinburne University, completed all the defined tasks in just over three minutes; a fantastic achievement given that we had allowed up to ten minutes for each team.

“Additionally, every team had a unique approach to the development of their autonomous robot.

“We can’t wait to see how the competing teams in the 2012 competition build on the innovation demonstrated this year”.

The competition tasks and objectives required students to demonstrate their skills in the robotics application areas of navigation, object handling and obstacle avoidance by developing an autonomous robot that would complete a set of predefined tasks in the shortest amount of time at the live competition, and ultimately earn them the most points.

National Instruments provided each team with a development kit featuring NI LabVIEW graphical system design software and a CompactRIO embedded acquisition and control system required to enable the development and control of their autonomous robot, as well as training and mentoring for all the students.

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About maxon Australia

maxon is a manufacturer of world-class precision drive systems. At maxon, we develop and build high precision electric drive systems that are among the best in the world. We combine brushed and brushless DC motors, gearheads, sensors, and controllers into complete mechatronic drive systems. Since 1961, businesses from a wide range of industries including medical technology, robotics, industrial automation, mobility, and aerospace place their trust in reliable drive systems by maxon. Our drives are perfectly suited for wherever extreme precision and the highest quality standards are necessary and where compromises cannot be tolerated – on Earth, and on Mars. We are driven by progress. We are certain that we can continuously improve – even what seems to be perfect – over and over again. We believe that outstanding engineers and technicians can make a positive impact on the world. This is why we support them in their efforts to go off the beaten path and provide the right drives for their ideas. We do this because we share in their uncompromising drive to excel in technology.

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