UCF Robotics team brings home high
marks from competition
in June, the Robotics Team at UCF entered two autonomous robots into the 13th
Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, held at Traverse City,
Michigan. Both teams earned a spot in the top six for the design
Team RDB3K got a finalist ranking
earning a certificate in the design competition. The team was chosen
as one of the 4th through 6th place teams. Team Calculon won 3rd place
in the design competition earning a certificate and $500.00.
During the autonomous
challenge, two of the RDB3K's motors broke down forcing the vehicle
out of competition. The Calculon vehicle had better results, scoring
3rd place in design, 8th in navigation and 8th or 9th (results pending
as of this writing) in the
made top 10 in every challenge this year," said Tim Roberts (Graduate,
EE), the teams' captain and club president. "We received numerous
other teams and the judges
that our vehicle and vision engine were incredible."
This year 37 teams registered and
33 showed up for the design competition.
UCF has fielded a team in the IGVC since 2002. Team
members are graduate and undergraduate students primarily from
engineering and computer science disciplines. Drs. Fernando Gozalez,
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Alexander Leonessa,
Mechanical, Materials & Aerospace Engineering, are faculty advisors.
Research Scientist Michael Dolezal provides Institute for Simulation &
The club's combination laboratory and workshop is
located in IST spaces in the off-campus Partnership II building.
This year the team also had
two papers accepted into the 5th Annual Intelligent Vehicle System
Symposium. The students continue to compete in
international robotics competitions and to present their work at
conferences locally and globally. Their latest vehicles are at
Final Standings for the Design Competition for the 2005 IGVC:
1st Place Virginia Tech - Gemini
2nd Place Virginia Tech - Polaris
3rd Place UCF - Calculon
4th - 6th
UCF - RDB3k
Virginia Tech - Johnny 5
Westpoint Military - Magic Sr.