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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