|Thanks to hard work, diligent, and combined with high perceptibility, Robotic Teams of Indonesia Computer University (UNIKOM), showed again their class among the world universities for their toughness and excellences in High Technology competition in the field of robotic by winning 5 World Champion of 2011 International Robot Contest in Trinity College and Robogames which was held in United States of America. UNIKOM’s Robotic Teams successfully won 4 gold medals and 1 silver medal in this 2011 world robot contest. Through this winning, UNIKOM’s robotic team successfully established their self as 3 times Robotic World Champion: 2009 World Champion, 2010 World Champion, and 2011 World Champion.
In the event “The 18th Trinity College Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest” in Hartford, Connecticut, USA that was conducted on 9th and 10th of April 2011, and participated by around 125 teams that came from Canada, China, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Portugal, and USA, Robotic Teams of Indonesia achieved victory in that international event and successfully surpassed teams from other countries. Thorough, at this year three universities: Indonesia Computer University (UNIKOM), Bandung Technology Institute (ITB), and Gadajah Mada University (UGM), won the champion title.
UNIKOM that was represented by Yusrilla Yeka Kerlooza and Taufiq N Nizar as supervisor lecturers and two students, Ridyan Ardiyan dan Heri Safarrudin, in the competition event in Trinity, sent their three robots. In category Robowaiter expert class (advance), UNIKOM’s robot named Robot DU99 RWE won Gold Medal (1st Winner), while on category Robowaiter standard class, UNIKOM’s Robotic Team achieved Gold Medal (1st winner) and Silver Medal (2nd winner) through Robot DU99RWS and DU99RWS4. Name DU99 is the abbreviation of street name in where UNIKOM’s campus is located namely Jalan Dipati Ukur 99 Bandung. Meanwhile, ITB and UGM also succeeded to record their best achievement by winning 1 gold medal and 1 silver medal each.
In the event of “The 8th Annual Robogames”, in San Mateo, California, USA that was held 0n 15th – 17th of April 2011, and were participated by 17 Countries, 239 Teams, and 680 Robots that came from USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Austria, Taiwan, Lithuania, Korea, Columbia, India, UK, Latvia, Germany, Spain, and Hongkong, UNIKOM’s Robotic Teams send seven mainstay robots in five different categories. On that open world championship, UNIKOM’ Robotic Team successfully won 2 Gold Medal, each on Open Ribbon Climber class through Robot DU112 SE, and Open Fire-Fighting class through Robot DU114WV.11. For Open Ribbon Climber, 2nd winner was won by Isis Robot (USA), and 3rd winner was won by Robot Rock Lobster (USA). For Open Fire-Fighting class, 2nd winner was won by Robot Heart of Gold (USA), and 3rd winner was won by Robot S.E.R. (UK).
Robowaiter Contest is creating robot that able to help disabled people. In this game, robot is asked to take a plate of food automatically from a table and move it to the other table quickly, reliably, and efficiently without hitting or dropping its luggage. The competition arena is modeled as a kitchen along with its accessories. There is a pair of dolls as human model that was served by robot which may not be hit by the robot during the course.
Fire-Fighting Contest is a contest to build an automatic robot that can navigate, pass the barrier in an arena that represents a house model, find a burning candle as a model of a big fire in a house and extinct it in the short time. This assignment is modeling autonomous robot operation in the real world in running the function of fire extinguisher.
Ribbon Climbing Contest is a competition that require making of a robot which can move without (or as little as possible) by using artificial energy resource (like battery that has been charged before). The main assignment that should be accomplished by robot is to climb a ribbon that hanging vertically as fast as possible by using light energy source.
UNIKOM’s Rector, Dr. Ir. Eddy Soeryanto Soegoto gave his appreciation and reward to all of UNIKOM’s Robotic Teams for their success and achievement that is obtained as The World Champion of International Robot Contest 2011 by giving scholarship and money to the supervisor lecturers and their students.