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Student Team Wins Award at Eurobot 2015
A team of students from NTHU’s Department of Power Mechanical Engineering recently participated in the Eurobot 2015 contest held in Switzerland. Named “DIT,” the NTHU team spent nine months designing their entry. In recognition of their strong showing among 16 semi-finalists, the NTHU team received the “Team Spirit Award.”
 
Eurobot is an international amateur robotics contest held in Europe. Since its establishment in 1998, it has garnered much interest from the business sector, and many of the entries were sponsored by companies which place their logo on the entry. The theme of this year’s contest was “Robomovies.”
 
For DIT team leader Chou Tsu-lien, Eurobot is an important event due to the high level of technology employed by the contestants, as well as the way it tests the participants’ ability, especially in the area of managing unforeseen circumstances—an essential skill for success in all areas of life. Moreover, since the contest is open to all nationalities and age groups, it also gives participants a chance to learn about a wide range of developments in the field of robotics.
 
According to another team member Lin Pei-ying, each team had to build two robots: a large one and a small one. The small robot had to be able to climb a set of stairs connected to a stage and then roll out a red carpet. The large robot had to perform such tasks as gathering popcorn, installing spotlights, and closing clapperboards. He also pointed out that climbing was the most difficult task for the small robot. Lin also indicated that there were many variables to take into account, such as the dry air in Switzerland, since it increases the possibility of static electricity which can burn out a robot’s electronic chips.
 
According to team leader Chou Tsu-lien, his team was the only one from Asia at this year’s contest, and also the only team entirely comprised of undergraduates; most of the other contestants were graduate students, some of them were professional engineers. In such a stiff competition, the DIT team made quite an impressive showing. Chou was also impressed with the openness with which the contestants exchanged knowledge and information with one another.
 
Chou also pointed out while robotics is already an advanced field in Europe, his team’s control technology attracted much attention, especially when people discovered how little it cost to create. Although the DIT team was set up only two years ago, thanks to the guidance of professors Lin Chao An and Chen Jian-shiang of the Department of Power and Mechanical Engineering, the team has already met with considerable success. One of the aims of establishing the DIT team is to encourage students to cultivate their self-study skills and ability to effectively respond to crisis situations, both of which were essential to the team’s recent success in this year’s Eurobot contest.
 
The diligence and pragmatism of the DIT team is an excellent role model for all students at NTHU. Their recent achievements demonstrate that when perseverance and ingenuity are applied in good measure, success is just around the corner.
 
NTHU’s DIT team.

NTHU’s DIT team.

During the contest the DIT team members donned Taiwan black bear hats and the flags of R.O.C. and NTHU.

During the contest the DIT team members donned Taiwan black bear hats and the flags of R.O.C. and NTHU.

Report on Eurobot 2015 in a Swiss magazine.

Report on Eurobot 2015 in a Swiss magazine.

Team Spirit Award received by the NTHU team.

Team Spirit Award received by the NTHU team.

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