ITS Campus News – The Robotics Team of Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), represented by the RIDER team, has again succeeded in making the name of almamater and Indonesia proud at international level. As Indonesia’s representative, ITS team made it to the final and won the runner-up position at ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest (Robocon) 2022 which was held in New Delhi, India, by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) through online, Sunday night (21/8).
The supervisor of ITS RIDER team, Muhammad Lukman Hakim, S.T., M.T., revealed, before being able to compete and represent Indonesia in the Asia-Pacific arena, the RIDER team has successfully passed various stages of domestic selection. Among them, they became one of the best at regional level ABU Indonesia Robot Contest and the first champion in the same contest at national level.
The lecturer of Industrial Mechanical Engineering Department ITS added, the RIDER team managed to win the first place at national level ABU Indonesia Robot Contest 2022 which incidentally held in ITS. “Alhamdulillah from these results, we were the only representative of Indonesia at ABU Robocon 2022 contest,” he said proudly.
Lukman continued, ABU Robocon 2022 carries Lagori as its theme. Lagori is a traditional game from India, in which the team tries to hit a pile of rocks with a ball. The pile of rocks in this contest is replaced by a pole with the ball on top of it. The robot will get points when the thrown ball hits that ball.
Lukman explained, there are two robots in one team competing at ABU Robocon 2022. The two robots are named R1 (Khonsu) and R2 (Ammit). Khonsu is in charge of shooting Lagori and the Ball on Head. Meanwhile, Ammit is in charge of laying out Lagori and getting balls from the ball rack.
Because of the team’s hard work, those two robots succeeded in bringing the RIDER team to the final round at ABU Robocon 2022. They succeeded in getting rid of two team Indian representatives and dashed the hopes of Mongolian representatives. At the final round, the RIDER team only had a slightly different score with the Hong Kong team. ITS team finally took second place at the contest.
With these results, this is the third time for Indonesian team winning runner-up position or won second place at ABU Robocon Contest. Other Indonesian teams had won achievements in 2013 and 2007, both were represented by Politeknik Elektronika Negeri Surabaya (PENS).
In 2021, ITS represented by the RIOT team has succeeded in becoming the only representative of Indonesia which had ever won Grand Prix title or the first place at ABU Robocon event since it was held in 2002.
Lukman explained that in the process of this time, the team encountered various obstacles during their preparations at ABU Robocon 2022. One of them was that the team experienced problems about consistency in shooting the ball. Therefore, the team had to find ways to shoot consistently in a short time. “With the right method, thank God, the problem can be resolved,” he said.
Not to forget, Lukman expressed his gratitude to all members of the RIDER team because of their willingness to sacrifice their vacation time to make robots in order to prepare for this prestigious contest. In addition, Lukman also thanked ITS executive board for supporting the RIDER team a lot, both in providing facilities and funding.
Closing his explanation, Lukman hopes that all individuals at ITS RIDER team can develop their respective potentials, so they can contribute even better in the future. He also hopes that a new specialization will emerge from each developed individual in the future. “Hopefully, we will always get this achievement, so we can continue to make ITS and Indonesia proud at international level,” he said optimistically. (ITS PR)
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