- Develop robots to participate in the RoboMaster 2019 Robotics Competition -
Host Department: Department of Computer Science
Project supervisor: Dr Kenneth WONG (Department of Computer Science)
Supporting Fund: Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing, H.K.U.E.A.A. Experiential Learning Fund
In this project, students will learn AI and robot related technical disciplines such as machine vision, embedded system design, mechanical control, through designing and building intelligent robots. Students will also form a team representing HKU to participate in the RoboMaster Robotics Competition hosted by DJI and compete against other teams from all over the world.
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In September 2018, the HKU RoboMaster Team started their promotion and recruitment of new members. Training sessions for the CS, EE and ME subgroups were organized, and eventually 36 members were selected to join the Team. Starting from November 2018, the Team started designing their robots according to the rules of the RoboMaster Robotics Competition, and they completed their technical proposal in February 2019. Between March and June 2019, the EE and ME subgroups of the Team started building the hardware of their robots, whereas the CS subgroup worked on the control software and machine vision algorithm for auto-targeting. In April 2019, the Team joined the trial match held in Shenzhen with 5 completed robots. Besides, the Team participated in the InnoShow in April and showcased 3 of their robots to the public. By the end of July 2019, the Team successfully built 7 robots, including 1 Hero robot, 1 Engineer robot, 3 Standard robot, 1 Sentry robot and 1 Aerial robot, and participated in the RoboMaster 2019 International Region Competition held in Shenzhen in August 2019.
RoboMaster Robotics Competition
In April 2019, the Team joined the trial match held in Shenzhen with 5 completed robots. Besides, the Team participated in the InnoShow in April and showcased 3 of their robots to the public. By the end of July 2019, the Team successfully built 7 robots according to the rules of RoboMaster Robotics Competition. They participated in the RoboMaster 2019 International Region Competition held in Shenzhen in August 2019, and got the 3rd Prize and the Outstanding Aesthetic Design Award. Any Kong (experiential learning officer) got the Outstanding Advisor Award.
Student learning and achievements
Through this project, students acquired knowledge in robot related technical disciplines, including machine vision, embedded system design, mechanical control, etc. They successfully applied their engineering knowledge to design and build intelligent robots for specific purposes. Besides, they were able to acquire self-learning and problem solving skills, which enable them to overcome unforeseen problems, make informed decisions and work under constraints of limited time, human and financial resources. Through discussions and collaboration between peers from different disciplines, students learnt how to communicate with peers with different backgrounds effectively, and how to be a good team player.
The HKU RoboMaster Team will start recruiting new members again in Sep 2019. 10 of the existing members will stay in the Team to pass on their knowledge and provide training to the new team members. With their experience gained in the past year, we hope that the Team can achieve better performance in the RoboMaster 2020 competition.