Treasure Island

RobotX 2012

EUROBOT is a robotics contest aimed at young amateur teams from around the world. These teams can be made up of students from student association clubs or individual clubs. EUROBOT was created in 1998 in France during the National Robotics Cup. The founders of the association are Planète Sciences – a volunteer association and the city of Ferté Bernard (France). The EUROBOT cup, already at its XIV edition – allows European teams to compete against each other. This competition attracts numerous visitors and is organized by the EUUROBOT association, the French television network M6 and the „Planete des sciences” association.

The purpose of the contest is to attract a wide audience, encouraging young men and women to prove their competencies within the field of technology. EUROBOT wants to guarantee that the contest takes place without incidents. The national qualifying stages are passionately prepared by young volunteers of different nationalities, who believe in the educational value of the experience.

The European competition attracts around 2000 participants. A large part of the visitors stay to see all the matches. The event also attracts national and international press, and the television networks which cover the event can raise the popularity of a University or company. The countries participating this year are: Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland, France, Germany, the Faroe Islands, Italy, Morocco, Great Britain, Serbia and Montenegro, Norway, Holland, Romania, Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain, Tunis and Hungary.

What is RObotX?

„RObotX” is the first and largest autonomous robot competition in Romania. Founded in 2006, it attracts teams from all over the country. Already at its seventh edition, the contest has attracted teams from Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu, Oradea and Cluj-Napoca. There are about ten teams at the contest each year – each team usually consists of 4-15 members. The theme of the contest changes every year, the rules are created by the referees and published at the end of September/beginning of October each year.

Students can showcase their knowledge of electronics, mechanics and programming. We want to learn and have fun using robots:
The result of the Romanian team:
Only three Romanian teams can qualify for EUROBOT. The Romanian teams have shown that they can be competitive on a European level:

  • 2005 –FairPlay medal and book to the city of Yverdon-les-Baigns for the RObotiqueFF team
  • 2006 –the BOTOASS won the prize for best team
  • 2008 –19th place and the special jury prize for the RoboSib team
  • 2009 –10th place for the EA BEARS team

Robotx 2012 Sibiu

There were nine teams this year: two from the „Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu; two from the Transilvania University of Brasov; one team from the University of Bucharest, one team from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca and one from the University of Oradea, as well as a team from the University of Budapest and a team from the Technical Energetics College of Sibiu.

This year’s theme was Treasure Island. The robots had to gather as many “pieces of treasure” as they could from the game table in order to qualify for the European phase. The first three theme were declared winners and will represent Romania at the Eurobot finals, in Ferté-Bernard, France.

RobotX Sibiu 2012 Final Results

Team Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 TOTAL
TECHNOCRATS

2

20

19

24

65

AC MECS

18

2

23

18

61

RTE

5

10

23

7

45

LIKE A BOX

16

17

9

2

44

TECHWARM

2

13

18

2

35

HORT

5

10

5

5

25

CAPITANU’

0

2

2

7

11

YU’l TEAM x x

2

2

4

The „Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu hosted the event and also offered stands for the team. Even though the difference in commercial value between the Romanian and European robots at the contest was always considerable, enthusiasm and hard work compensate for it.

In 2008, the Romanian robot was the cheapest one in the competition at 800 Euros and was 18th out of 60 participating teams; as a comparison the French team invested 9000 Euros to build their winning robot. In 2011, the Romanian robot costing 1500 Euros placed 20th while the Austrian team’s robot cost 12000 Euros to build. This is why we want to support Romanian students, who have proven to be very capable. We want them to concentrate on other aspects and not try to make up for the lack of certain materials.

iQuest was one of the sponsors of the competition by financing the trip to France for the two Romanian organisers. We hope that there will be more participants at the following editions of RObotX, so that the national competition can have a similar standard to the international one. Creating a robot is about more than each member’s skills and knowledge. Representatives from each field must work together and the final product is usually the result of near perfect teamwork. We hope that future collaborations between students and companies will be more intense and prolific, to everyone’s benefit.

You can view pictures from the competition on iQuest’s Facebook page.

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