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UDM Robotics Team takes first place at International Engineering Competition .... again

For the third consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy took home the top prize at the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, held June 4-7 in Rochester, Michigan.

Fifty-Eight teams representing 47 schools from twenty-two states and six countries entered the competition which required building and testing autonomous robots. UDM competed against universities from around the world including the University of Wisconsin Madison, the U.S. Naval Academy, Princeton, Cornell, University of Illinois Urbana, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Hosei (Japan), Ecole de Technologie Superieure (Canada), Waterloo (Canada), and the University of Texas Austin.

“Our students worked extremely hard and were able to achieve a high score in their last attempt in the Autonomous Challenge, which enabled the team to take overall first place in the IGVC,” said Electrical Engineering Professor Mark Paulik.

The IGVC is an annual international competition created to offer cutting-edge design experience to engineering students. The competition consisted of four challenge events: Autonomous Challenge, Navigation Challenge, JAUS Challenge and the Design Competition. The scores from each of these events are combined to determine the overall First Place Grand Award winner.

“In two of the challenges – Navigation and Jaus – it took the last run to nip Hosei University (the eventual 2nd place winner in these challenges and in the grand award) by a few seconds each time,” said Professor of Electrical & Computer Mohan Krishnan. “It was also our best performance in the glamour event of the competition - the Autonomous Challenge – in which we came first and were about 50 feet from completing the course when we timed out.”

The University of Detroit Mercy team received the 2010 First Place Grand Award with a score of 108: the team won first place in three of the four challenges. Hosei University from Japan placed second with a score of 82.

2010 IGVC"It was magnificent teamwork, truly dedicated students and a will of iron that enabled us to achieve the 1st place grand award as well as 1st place positioning in all three on-field challenges," said Utayba Mohammad, one of the ECE faculty directing this year's IGVC student team.

The UDM team Cerberus consists of students Matt Parrish, Jason Osbourne, Alex Szmatula, Jean Carrier, Richard Fatyma, Elona Palushaj, Sergei Gage, Tom Wogaman, David Shelly, Rebeca Espinoza, Maen Hammod, Qing Wang, Yue Chen, Qingxiao Ni and Jie Li and engineering faculty advisors Mark Paulik, Mohan Krishnan, Chaomin Luo and Utayba Mohammad.

“This victory once again reflects the high quality of our students and the unique capability of our faculty to teach students to design and build complex intelligent electro-mechanical systems that work,” said UDM Engineering & Science Dean Leo Hanifin. “This education results in highly effective engineers with the competence and the confidence to change the world through the development and deployment of advanced technologies, products and systems.”

Release date: June 11,2010

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