HALBAN At the recent World Robot Olympiad (WRO 2016), held from Nov 25 to 27 in New Delhi, India, the GUtech Robo1 students team finished 29th in the Advanced Robotics Challenge in a field of 52 teams from all over the world.
The first two top teams were from Taiwan, the third place came from Russia. The GUtech team was ahead of the other GCC teams in the contest, 33th place was the team from AMA International University, Bahrain, and 42nd place the team KuBo from Kuwait. The GUtech Robo1 team is grateful to the Ministry of Education for having been selected as the team representing Oman at the WRO 2016. “The robot of the GUtech team was built using Tetrix and the Lego EV3 brick as controller. The task of the contest, building a bowling robot, had been announced about a year ago. Since then, all teams had been busy building and fine-tuning their bowling robots. The best teams from each country were then selected in national contests to represent their respective country at the world finals in Delhi,” said Prof. Dr. Rudolf Fleischer of the Department of Computer Sciences at GUtech.
The World Robot Olympiad has been an annual event since 2004. It brings together young people from all over the world to develop their creativity, design and problem solving skills through challenging and educational robot competitions and activities. This year, the world finals were organized by the India STEM Foundation and the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM under the general theme of “Rap the Scrap” – meaning that all games in the Regular and the Open Category were focused on reducing, recycling and managing waste.
Next year, the WRO 2017 will be held in Costa Rica. The Advanced Robotics Challenge will be to build a robot playing Tetris.
The GUtech team, all students of Engineering Department, consisted of:
Prof. Dr. Rudolf Fleischer, coach
Neeraj Gopikrishnan, captain
Marwa al Mahruqi, member
Muzna al Hadhrami, member
Maather al Qasmi, reserve member