A team of researchers from three Indonesian universities from the city of Bandung (Institut Teknologi Bandung, Institut Teknologi Telkom and Universitas Komputer Indonesia) have dominated the competition of intelligent robots in Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
At the said event, the Trinity College Fire-Fighting Home Robot Contest, the Indonesians won eight awards. The team of IT Telkom earned first, second and third prize in the Wheeled Division. The team of IT Telkom and IT Bandung also won first, second and third prize in the Legged Division. The team of Universitas Komputer Indonesia was placed first in Entry Level RoboWaiter category and first and second in the Advanced Level RoboWaiter contest.
All that is by far not a small achievement as this year, 2012 in total 130 teams have entered the competition from all over the world, including Portugal, Israel, China and the USA. According to Sukemi, a consultant of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, " The Trinity College Robot Contest has been organized yearly for 19 years. By today it has become one of the standard events where schools, universities and institutions from around the world can compare the results of their own research".
The Trinity College Robot Contest has become a standard yet another way: it now serves as a basis for other, smaller, regional events as these events have decided to follow the contest procedures from the Trinity College. One of these regional contests is Indonesia′s ′Indonesian Intelligent Robot Contest′, that also includes divisions for wheeled and legged robots. The Indonesian ′National Robot Team′ (which later contested so successfully on the international level) has been selected from the winners of this competition.
The objective for the robots in the Fire-Fighting category is to find the fire in a labyrinth that is modelled after a living room. After locating the fire independently of any help from humans or remote control, they are required to extinguish the fire and return to their starting point.
In the RoboWaiter category, the robots have to become helpers of elderly or disabled people. To simulate this, in the contest the robots are programmed to take food from a fridge-model and take it to a table, where their modelled masters are designed to eat. This category has two divisions, Entry and Advanced level, where the robots are either given more easy or more difficult tasks to accomplish.
Ester Lince Napitupulu & Nasru Alam Aziz, KOMPAS, 2012.4.2.
Translated by: Gábor Németh