CAIRO, Oct. 11 (SEE) – The Egyptian national team of minesweeper robots won the first place of finals of the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018),which as held in Madrid from October 1 to 5.
Egypt competed with Spain, Jordan, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Switzerland.
On the category of universities, the robotics team of October 6 University (O6U) ( Auctroventa) occupied the first place, while the team of Bolivia’s Higher University of San Andrés (Life Sentinel) was ranked the second. The team of University Carlos III of Madrid (LSI Mine Whisperer) became the third.
Regarding schools category, Egypt dominated the second and third place of the competition; Robostack Juniors and Za3fran teams respectively, following MAD team of Bolivia. The Swiss team (CVRA) won the best design award from DianChen Aviation Technology company.
The Egyptian team’s international participation came after six teams from 40 ones from 23 universities nationwide which qualified and partook in a competition held on August 24 and 25 at Engineering Faculty of Alexandria University as well as the participation of 18 teams from schools.
In the presence of Spanish King Felipe VI, the IROS 2018 witnessed attendance a number of public figures and major companies specialized in robotics industry, as the Egyptian teams caught their attention during the trial rounds of the competitions.
Alexandria Governor Abdel Aziz Qonswa said earlier that the governorate is keen on hosting qualifications of minesweeper competition because of the importance of issue of landmines which endanger the citizens’ life.
IROS is the flagship conference in the field of robotics and the biggest international event for researchers, companies and end-users.
This year theme of the conference was “Towards a Robotic Society” due to the fact that robotics will change our lives in the near future by creating new human-robot relationships which will lead to a new robotic society.
This year’s theme focused on advanced technological innovations (human-robot interaction, humanoids, social robots, autonomous systems, intelligent perception), as well as on societal aspects (legal issues, regulations, robotics ethics, human–robot co-existence, employment).