National Engineering Robotic
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
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
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
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.