NIARC 2017

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2016 Wrap up | 2017 Official Documentation

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All robots of NIARC 2016

In its 7th year, the NIARC has went from 11 teams in 2011 to 31 teams from 22 top universities across Australia and New Zealand in 2016. With a theme focusing on the ‘Hospital of the Future’, around 400 attendees from academia, media and the general public attended the live final competition.

 

In the past years, media coverage from trade, business, education and mainstream media was secured, with noted instances of media coverage which includes the following:

–       Prime time TV: (ABC News Breakfast, Morning, Noon, Early Edition, ABC Evening News and Channel 7’s Evening News
–       Radio: (Radio NZ morning report)
–       Print: (Engineers Australia, Guardian Messenger)
–       Online coverage: (Gizmodo, ZD.net,Techworld.com.au)

The competition launched in March 2017 and was joined by top student teams from Australia, New Zealand and possibly a guest team from Singapore. Over the course of several months, teams built an autonomous robot that competed in a live final competition along with other teams that complete all the requirements.

The 2017 competition focused on Autonomous Vehicles. Students experienced using industry leading hardware and software,  how to design an intelligent vehicle which follows road rules and regulations – giving the students a practical means of understanding various facets of engineering, specifically robotics, with a strong focus on learning outcome.

Student teams were required to design an autonomous/driverless vehicle to transport a passenger around town. Using navigation, spatial awareness and strategy to achieve this task, the track simulated traffic conditions that may have included other vehicles, pedestrians, speed restrictions, etc. The task was to pick up and transport passengers while abiding by the road rules.

To be part of the competition, each university team needed:

–       4-6 team members (maximum of 1 postgraduate student per team) to complete competition milestones that build up to ultimately developing an autonomous robot for a live final event.

–       An assigned academic supervisor to ensure the team receives essential mentoring to perform to the standards of the competition. It will be the responsibility of the team supervisor to submit the competition milestones on behalf of the team and provide appropriate feedback to NI engineers.

 

NI will also provided the following:

–       Initial platform training by NI Engineers who specialise in robotics applications.

–       A development kit containing software and hardware components including the NI myRIO; board level reconfigurable control system, and the LabVIEW Robotics Software Module.

–       All teams that successfully reach the final live competition, regardless of their finishing position, will get to keep the robotics development kit.

–       Ongoing access to online training.

 

You can find the following documents in: http://bit.ly/2ll6I5O

–       Competition overview – 2016 Highlights

–       2017 Introduction document featuring key dates, milestone descriptions

–       Frequently Asked Questions

–       2017 NI ARC Poster

–       NI ARC Task and Rules Document

Each university may have also opted to do a competition internally following the guidelines of the competition. The university could then have put forward the winner to compete in the live final in September.

This initiative truly provides many benefits to the university and students alike, and the success of the previous years’ is testament to this belief. As you know, National Instruments is committed to supporting and inspiring engineering education and we look forward to providing a successful and enjoyable platform for students to learn, develop and achieve.