Team Attendant---a robotics research team of Independent University, Bangladesh has achieved 6th position globally in an international robotics competition called University Rover Challenge held at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Southern Utah, USA.
The University Rover Challenge (URC) is the world's premier robotics competition for university students organised by the Mars Society, sponsored by Protocase and Microsoft, held annually in the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) southern Utah in the United States. URC challenges student teams to design and build the next generation of Mars rovers that will one day work alongside astronauts exploring the Red Planet. Following a rigorous two-stage down-selection process, 36 teams were invited to the field competition at MDRS. 35 teams from ten countries arrived with their rovers ready for the exciting challenges in the Utah desert.
There are five tasks to be done by the rover in this competition:
i. System Acceptance Review Task (Audio visual Proposal)
ii. Science Cache Task (collect and analyse soil samples)
iii. Extreme Retrieval and Delivery Task (rescue and provide support to astronaut in need)
iv. Equipment Servicing Task (service remotely located research equipment) and
v. Autonomous Traversal Task (reach remote locations through unknown terrains using Artificial Intelligence).
Unlike last year, the Mars Society managed to make the competition much more challenging but IUB Attendant planned and executed their tasks well enough to achieve the first position in Asia. In addition to that, last year Team Attendant from Independent University, Bangladesh placed 10th and this year the team came back stronger and secured 6th position at the URC 2018 after competing against 36 tough contenders from renowned universities all around the world such as Cornell University, Stanford University, University of Michigan from USA, University of Toronto, Canada, Monash University from Australia and IIT Madras and IIT Bombay from India.
Team Attendant was sponsored by Independent University, Bangladesh, ICT Division of the Government of Bangladesh, City Group and Energies Power Corporation.
To know more about Team Attendant’s innovative activities you can visit their official website and facebook page -
IUB Attendant Official Webpages: www.iub.edu.bd/attendant
IUB Attendant Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/teamattendant/