by Pei-Yixuan Liu
In the era of continuous technological advancement and innovation, know-how and application of information technology is essential. Schools encourage students to participate in various competitions that feature problem-solving skills. In this way, computer programming is more integrated into our daily life, where people make wonders with their own hand.
NTU Team wins championship in robot programming contest
Kibo Robot Programming Challenge (Kibo-RPC), organized by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), welcomed its third year of the event. In the finals were 12 teams that advanced from the regional finals, and KIBO la na tsu bu KIBO / Robology Awesome Aliensu, a team from National Taiwan University, wins the first place.
In regional finals, the mission was to control the Astrobee in a space capsule simulator, where the robot had to point laser beam at a specific target. In the finals, teams had to send their programming codes to the real Astrobee in the outer space, as the operations took place for real in the KIBO capsule on the International Space Station
Since there was air flow disturbance in the real space capsule, the operation and control of the robot was much more difficult than that in the simulator. The contest not only tested the teams’ expertise in image recognition, path planning, and robot control, but also how the participants improvised for emergencies under the pressure of limited time.
NTUH team racing car makes breakthroughs in Europe
NTHU Racing Team, consisting of students from National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), signed up for the Formula Student 2022 competition and won the 3rd place on the Figure 8 Track, as the 5h place with the total score in the Formula Student Aple Adria. On the other hand, in the Formula Student Germany, the team won the 5th place in the endurance for electric vehicles, as the 18th place in the total score, bringing a record-high score made by teams from Taiwan over the years.
The racing car presented by the team was the 6th generation electric racing car, code-named TH06 and built by the NTHU Racing Team in June, 2022. The car featured a newly developed aluminum monocoque as the main body, with reduction of weight on the aerodynamic kit by 60%, through the use of carbon fiber composite materials. In addition, SiC-MOSFET, a semiconductor component that is small and resistant to heat, pressure, and frequency, was adopted to control the three-phase electric power directed into the motor. In this way, the motor performance was great improved.
With their passion, students from Taiwan carry on their research, testing, and verifications, earning great results in the competition. It not only showed to the world the power of expertise of students from Taiwan, but also set a milestone in technological innovation.