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National Engineering Robotic Competition (NERC) 2005

The National Engineering Robotics Competition (NERC) 2005 hosted by the Department of Mechatronics Engineering of the College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering was held on 9, 10 & 11th June 2005. The event was jointly organized by STEM Careers Project (HEC) and NUST. Flow Software Technologies and FESTO Germany were also amongst the sponsors of the competition.

Sixty two teams from Eighteen Universities and Engineering Institutes from all over Pakistan participated in the Competition. All participating teams had to design robots based on a predefined theme. The theme of the Competition was to extinguish candles placed in a particular arrangement in a specified arena. Each candle carried specific points. Winning teams were decided on the basis of maximum points scored in minimum time.

The National Engineering Robotics Competition 2005 is the third robotics con-test organized by the Department of Mechatronics Engineering, College of E&ME. Robotics Competitions of similar nature have been organized in the years 2003 and 2004 known as the Fire Fighting Robot Competition. The competition is one of its kind held in Pakistan and has gained landmark acceptance among student. Teams were divided into twelve leagues. On 9th June (first day of the competition), measuring and inspection of the robots was carried out followed by draws for leagues.

The opening ceremony and the qualifying round of the competition was held on 10th June 2005. Dr. Mahmood Anwar Khan, Head Department of Mechatronics Engineering delivered the welcome address. Chief Guest for the opening ceremony, Dr. Masud Ahmad (Member Physical Science, PAEC) in his address said, “It is very heartening to know that such a large number of Universities and Institutions have participated in the competition. I congratulate all the participating students, without their untiring efforts this event could not be possible.”

Lt. Col. Dr. Javaid Iqbal was the Match Referee for the Competition. Dr. Zahid Memhood (PAEC), Dr. Saeed ur Rehman (Care Pvt. Ltd.) and Engr. Azmat Mumtaz (PAEC) were the Competition Judges whereas Gp. Capt (R) Akhtar Hussain was the Field Juror.

Teams extinguishing minimum two candles in qualifying round were to compete in the final round. 21 teams from NUST, GIK-I Topi, Air University Islamabad, NED Karachi and Headstart School Islamabad succeeded to make it through to the final round of the competition. The final round of the competition was held on 11th June. The matches were started after welcome address by the Brig. Dr. Abdul Ghafoor, Dean College of E&ME, NUST. Engr. Parvez Butt, Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission presided over the closing ceremony and prize distribution.

Winners Trophy along with cash prize of Rs. 50,000, Workspace 5.0 soft-ware license worth 1,000 Pound and COSIMER Robotics and COSIMER PLC software from FESTO Germany worth 1,000 Euro went to the team with the robot ‘Aatish-II’ consisting of Junaid Shabbir and Shan Afghani from Air University Islamabad.

Runners-up Trophy along with cash prize of Rs. 30,000 and COSIMER Robotics and FluidSIM Pneumatics software from FESTO Germany worth 850 Euro went to Omer Hameed, Bilal Naseem, Osman An-war, Ahmad Mehmood, Nauman Mubarak and Aamir Farooq with the robot ‘Pinocchio’ from NUST.

Best Technical Design Award with cash prize of Rs. 20,000 and RS, Ro-botics and Fluid Studio Software from FESTO Germany worth 695 Euro went to team with robot ‘Speedy Gonzalez’ consisting of Sajid Ghuffar, Muhammad Zubair, Ibrahim Javaid, Adil Ishaque and Usman Mehmood from NUST.

Best Technique and Strategy Award including cash prize of Rs. 20,000 and RS and Software of Fascinating Tech-nologies from FESTO GermanyRS and Software of Fascinating Technologies from FESTO Germany worth 195 Euro was bagged by team from NUST with robot ‘UFO’ consisting of Sohaib Afzal, Abdul Mannan, Omer Attique, Hassan Wajahat and Ussama Aman. Best Artistic Design Award consisting of cash prize of Rs. 20,000 along with RS and Software of Fascinating Technologies from FESTO Germany worth 195 Euro went to Hasan Aziz, Ubaid ur Rehman, Sahar Maqsood, Ali Jamal and Jawad Ahmad from NUST. The name of their robot was ‘Road King’.

Best Mechanical Fabrication Award including cash prize of Rs. 5,000 went to team with robot ‘High Tech Fire Fighter’ consisting of Tahir Mehmood and Mubashir A Rashid from Barani Institute of Information Technology Rawalpindi.

Winners NERC 2005 Lego award along with cash prize of Rs. 15,000 went to Abdul Basit, Abdullah Mansoor and Rafhan Aslam with robot ‘The Striver’ from NUST. Runners-up NERC 2005 Lego award consisted of cash prize of Rs. 3,000. It went to the team with robot ‘Problem Bot’ consisting of Reza Durrani and Hamza Kamran from Headstart School Islamabad.

Three Participation and Performance Awards consisted of cash prizes of Rs. 10,000 each were also distributed.

The first Participation and Performance Award went to team from NED University of Engineering and Technology consisting of Muhammad Ibrahim and Muhammad Faizan with robot named ‘Gutsy’. The second Participation and Performance Award went to Waseem Shahzad, Ishtiaq Hussain, Ishfaq Hussain, Saad bin Mehmood and Gul Hameed from Institute of Engineering and Technology Wah. The name of their robot was ‘Al-fatha’.

The third Participation and Performance Award went to the team with robot ‘Striker’ consisting of Bilal Saleem and Abdul Basit from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering and Technology Topi. Special Consolation Award with cash prize of Rs. 5,000 went to Yasser Ahmad, Syed Zeeshan Haider, Umer Adil, Adnan Ahmad and Shoiab Munir from Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology. Their robot was ‘MEC Extinguisher’.Youngest NERC 2005 Participant Award worth Rs. 3,000 went to Shamoon Tariq of 8th Standard from Headstart School Islamabad.

Brig. Syed Jamal Shahid TI(M), Commandant College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, in his address appreciated the hard work and dedication of the participating teams. He said that the event has helped the students in improving their innovative skills and is a milestone towards technological advancement in the field of robotics.

The Chief Guest in his closing address congratulated all the participants and faculty of Mechatronics Department who had made the competition a success. In his address he said, “I am very impressed to know the nature of work the College of E&ME is doing in order to enhance the technical know-how of our students. I believe that Pakistan can compete with industrialized countries of the world only if strong ties are established between its industry and educationists. To this end, I feel that NUST’s work is up to the mark.”

The ceremony was followed by refreshments and an exhibition of the robots built by participants.

 

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