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79 teams participate in 2nd Annual Robotic Competition at UOWD

Sunday, 17 April, 2011

Seventy-nine teams took part in the second Annual Robotic Competition organized by the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) on Saturday, April 16, 2011. The participants included teams from five schools from Dubai and Al Ain and several schools from Iran.

The UAE schools participating in the event included Al Khaleej National School, Delhi Private School, Adab Iranian Private School, Tohid Boys Schools, Al Ain Iranian School. The teams from Iran came from 5 cities of Tehran, Shiraz, Qazvin, Qom and Ahvaz.

The event was sponsored by Canada International College of Dubai and Nadco, a company specializing in robotics kits. The winners received their prizes from Mr Mohamed Al Bastaki, Mr. Esmaeili and Dr Mohamed Salem, Dean of the College of Computer Science and Engineering in UOWD.

The first, second and third winners of the Intelli-Maze received 50%, 30% and 20% scholarships from UOWD. The winners were Vahid Bakhtiary from city of Ahvaz, Iran (50% scholarship), Nima Arpaghian from city of Qazvin, Iran (30% scholarship) and Mohammed Mehdi Atashgar from Qazvin (20% scholarship).

"The aim of the competition was to invite school children to practice their robotics skills in the confines of the university. We were overwhelmed by the response, said Dr. Mohamed Salem, Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science at UOWD.

"We plan to make the event even bigger next year, because there are a large number of schools that are interested in participating in robotics events of this type, said Dr Farhad Oroumchian, Associate Professor, UOWD.

The competition was held in five categories: High School Intelli-Maze, High School Line Follow, Middle School Rally, Middle School Robo Fight and Primary School Robo Fight

The aim of Intelli-Maze was to for robots to negotiate a maze while counting the number of black lines they passed through. This category turned out to be the most challenging as most teams could not pass the finish line.

The objective of Line follow for robots was to follow a line through a complex path with speed. This was one of the most popular contests. Another popular contest was Robo Rally were two robots competed with each other in a race track.

The objective of robo fight competition was for robots to push, show, throw each other out of the race track or disable each other. Primary and middle school children showed great craftsmanship and knowledge in building these amazing machines.

The Robotic Competition was a fun event that was attended by parents. The participants were given a tour of the university after the competition.