Dec 01, 2006
"One of the objectives of this contest is to develop the creativity and expertise of our young in the field of robotic technology, automatic systems and automotive applications," said associate professor Dr. Prabhas Chongstitvatana, president of the Thai Robotics Society. "As this is the first contest of its kind, we had to be creative in stimulating our young innovators' interests and encouraging them to increase their knowledge in fields related to the contest."
Dr. Prabhas added that the Thai Robotics Society was thankful for the sponsorship of more than 2.8 million baht from Seagate Technology. "Seagate's generous sponsorship reflects its recognition of the importance of developing technology skills among today's students in order to prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow."
The contest requires that students develop an "unmanned intelligent vehicle" by using any steering engines, such as the internal steering engine and the electrical motor engine. Points will be given based on the highest speed and the longest distance that the vehicle can travel. The winning team will receive a cash prize of 200,000 baht and will have the opportunity to observe the "Urban Challenge" in the U.S. next year.
"Seagate's sponsorship of Thailand's Intelligent Vehicle Challenge underlines our commitment to support science and technology development," said Dr. Pornchai Piemsomboon, Seagate's senior vice president of Asia-Pacific Operations. "This contest offers students a safe platform to explore, create and learn from one another in a very quick and effective way."
Associate professor Dr. Manukid Parnichkun, a lecturer at the Department of Mechatronics, School of Advanced Technologies, Asian Institute of Technology, added that AIT is "proud" to host this inaugural competition. "The institute has coordinated with other universities in developing courses to drive the government's vision in making Thailand the center of robotic engineering innovation."
Interested applicants may apply from now until the end of December. The preliminary round will be held in March, 2007. The final round will be held in May, 2007. Applicants may download the application forms and search for more information about rules and regulations at www.trs.or.th. You may reach the Thai Robotics Society by calling: 0-2218-6982, 0-2218-6956.
About Thai Robotics Society
Thai Robotics Society (TRS) was established in 2000 by groups of roboticians, researchers, and industrial people, involving in robotic education and application. They are interested in developing technology and research in robotics as well as some robotic related activities in the Kingdom of Thailand. You may reach the Thai Robotics Society by calling 0-2218-6956 or visit www.trs.or.th.
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