UANL Robot Technology maintains its presence in Japan

 

Twelve high school UANL students will participate in the RoboCup 2017 Nagoya Japan.

 

UANL students worked during seven months to create autonomous robots capable of talking and dancing and some other prototypes to rescue people in case of natural disaster.

This robots will participate at the Robocup 2017 Nagoya, Japan from 27 to 31 July.

This is the outcome of a joint effort of twelve students of Center for Research and Development of Bilingual Education (CIDEB) who are ready to compete in the categories of Onstage Secondary and Rescue Open Academic Robot Kit (OARKIT).

UANL Students divided in two teams aiming to mantain the leadership of our Maximum Academic Institution in this competition.

“Since 2013, we have been attending Robocup thanks to all the support from our University and the improvement of our skills”.

“We have come to realize that it is possible to compete against China, Japan, and, Germany. We have defeated 18 countries, we have what it takes to compete at this level”. Said Erick Sanchez Flores.

In order to earn the right to compete at Robocup 2017, students had participation in inter- high school tournaments, and in the State and National Robotics tournament.

This year, Flavio Guerrero, professor at High School 18, and Luis Morales, student from School of Physics and Mathematics, will act as judges of this international tournament.

From Mexico to Pokemon Land

The students created Pokemon robots to participate in the category Onstage Secondary. This is how Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle will go out of the pokeball to dance at the stage.

This robots were created by Elizabeth Guerrero, Brenda de la Cruz, Juan Carlos Garza López, Juan Carlos Garza Sánchez, Miguel Pinal and Juan Pedro Lozano from Team Kanto.

“The judges will evaluate the performance and the interaction between robots and humans”.

“It is about to entertain the audience and to explain all the functions of the robots” said Brenda de la Cruz.

The competition consists of three phases: an interview (a presentation to the judges about our performance), the performance (a choreography or musical of two minutes) and a public demonstration (a robot’s exhibit with all its pieces).

Besides dancing, the robots can talk. To accomplish this, the students developed a mobile app with which they control what the Pokemon says.

The project will compete in other 20 countries such as Japan, China, Germany, Australia and Brazil.

Camelot and Liby: the rescue robots

The robots Camelot and Liby are aimed to be the best rescue simulators in the International Robotics Competition RoboCup 2017.

The robots will be tested on uneven ground simulating a disaster area, where the robots will have to be the fastest, recognize colors and patterns, identify heat points, explore the place, and read QR codes.

“These robots are designed to facilitate fast manufacture and could be very useful in areas of high seismic level, to rescue and identify people inside the debris, where rescue teams are not able to reach”

“The robots are created to handle with difficult grounds; they can also detect people by means of a camera and different temperature sensors”, Hector Barba said.

Some of the pieces of Camelot and Liby where elaborated with the support of 3D printers; the rest of the parts where elaborated and modified manually by the students.

The CIDEB Team Magistry is the first and only Mexican team participating in this new category.

The members of the team are Alan Morales Nájera, Héctor Barba Hernández, Gerardo Elí Medrano Díaz, Israel Espinoza Báez, Annasylvia Cuevas Luna y Brenda Elizabeth del Razo Urdiales, who will also be attending to Japan.
 

 

By: Blanca Medina Viezca y Eduardo Rodríguez Palacios
Date: Julio 17 de 2017
Photo: Efraín Aldama Villa y Marijose Cabello Rodríguez