College of Science and Engineering
Engineering Students Win Micromouse Robotics Competition
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Engineering students Derek Worcester, Anil Shah, Anil Timilsina and Matthew Varas
Students Derek Worcester, Anil Shah, Anil Timilsina and Matthew Varas from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering took first place at the IEEE Region 4 Student Leadership Conference held at University of Minnesota October 4-6. The conference was organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
IEEE is the world’s largest professional organization for Engineers. The leadership conference offers many opportunities for students like leadership training, workshops, networking opportunities, and competitions. The students competed against six other teams of engineering students from different universities including University of Minnesota, Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne.
In this competition, the students were given four hours to assemble and program a Micromouse robot to navigate through a maze autonomously. The only sensory inputs available were left and right front bumpers to detect when an object was hit. The team to make it to the end of the maze in the shortest amount of time won. The group from St. Cloud State University was the only group to have their robot make it through the maze and they made it in 28 seconds. For their efforts the team earned the award of $500.
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