UTM wins first place in autonomous robotics competition

Last update: 14/11/2019

NIBONG TEBAL, Nov 13 -- Four students from UTM have won first place in the National Instrument (NI) Autonomous Robotics Competition (ARC) 2019.

NI Malaysia in partnership with Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) organised the NI ARC for the second year running to encourage learning, development and innovation among university students in the field of robotics.

The winning group leader of Airost Team-X, Chia Ching Seng, 22, said the group started to work together towards success since January with the help of lecturers and NI engineers.

"We arrived from Johor yesterday but never expected to be in first place. We worked a lot on (building) strategies, find out about autonomous work, prepare (for) something that may go wrong. We are very happy and excited to be given this opportunity to learn and participate in this competition because it allows us to learn a lot," he told reporters here today.

Chia was accompanied by the rest of his team members Pua Khe Leng, 22, Ng Wen Da, 21 and Tan Kui An Andrew, 22. They brought home RM 5,000 for being the champion.

Meanwhile, the vice-president of Asia-Pacific (APAC) Manufacturing, P. Rajesh, said it was important for students around the world to be exposed to the latest technology in preparation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0).

"It is important for them (students) to learn theories but it is also important for them to have practical (exposure) and soft skills. We provided them with myRIO 1900 (robot) and RM1,500 for them to do designing, programming and much more to build a better robot.

“The software and hardware (of myRIO 1900) is the latest. This is what scientists and engineers all around the world are using. That is what we are trying to (expose) to the students," he said.

He said the competition’s theme was Planet Exploration - Mars Exploration Program whereby students were required to design and program the hardware to gather specific materials for research, both autonomously and manually in a specific duration.

The competition attracted 11 teams from USM, UTM, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) and Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC).