Mexican Students Return as Heroes from Robotchallenge 2015!By Fernanda Duque Hernández
The most important international robot contest.
Mexicans students from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), The Autonomous University of Puebla and the Technology Institute of Poza Rica have returned to Mexico as heroes having won several medals, including first place, at Robotchallenge 2015, the most important international robotics contest.
The event took place in Vienna, Austria from April 11th to 12th. Representing Mexico were 127 students from all over the country. According to the captain of the IPN Robotics Club, Salvador Guzman Martinez, they had to beat 150 teams from 40 different countries including: Germany, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Russia, Switzerland and China.
The mechanism design and the electronic improvements for robots were made from scratch by the Mexican students with supervision from their professors. Innovation was the most difficult part, said Dusthon Llorente, a member of the IPN team. There were a lot of prototypes to beat, especially in the different “sumo” categories.
The purpose of this category is to beat the other team’s robot by pushing it out of a delimited arena. The robots are made to be autonomous, which means that all of them have sensors to detect where the opponent is and beat it in seconds.
The participation of the 21 teams was stunning. Some of the outstanding innovations of the competition were at the Micro Sumo category where the Mexican students made first, second and third place with the robots Quetzalito, Krieger and Xibalba respectively. The robots Daka and Robusto won first and second places in the Mini Sumo contest.
Also, students from the Technology Institute of Poza Rica won second place in the Mega Sumo categories and made first and second in the Humanoid Race. In total, the Mexican delegation won 4 gold medals, 4 silver and one bronze.
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