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The 27th international robot design contest IDC RoBoCon 2016 successfully wrapped up

The National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC) under the supervision of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Ministry of Science and Technology, in cooperation with the Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, with sponsorship from Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and PTT Public Company Limited, recently organized the final round of the “International Design Contest (IDC) RoBoCon 2016”, featuring 50 university students representing seven countries including Japan, China, South Korea, Egypt, Singapore, Morocco, and Thailand. This year’s concept is
“Robot Caregiver”, aiming to promote the advancement of robotics and automation technologies that can be used in daily lives as well as encouraging the manufacture of robots for commercial purpose. In the end, Red Team consisting of representatives from Egypt, China, Japan, Morocco and Thailand, represented by Mr. Korn Siritantiwat, Mae Fah Luang University, won the first prize.   
Dr. Kritsada Prapakorn, Deputy Executive Director of the National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC) said: “MTEC is very proud that Thailand once again plays host to this international robot design contest and this year’s contest has proved successful as expected. More importantly, the contest enables students from multiple countries to work cooperatively in order to overcome the challenges proposed by this year’s concept. It is also in line with MTEC’s core mission of promoting the development of human resources in science and technology. The contest was a really great experience for the participants, both Thai and international students.”  
Assist. Prof. Manop Wongsaisuwan, Associate Dean, Chulalongkorn University said: “IDC RoBoCon 2016 has received excellent cooperation and support from both public and private sectors. The contest allows the participants to gain invaluable hands-on experience outside the classroom, make global friendships, learn to work together as a team and how to solve problems, and apply theoretical knowledge to practice that can be further developed in the future.”
The official contest results are as follows.
  • The Winner        Red Team consisting of students from Japan, China, Egypt, Morocco and Thailand
  • 1st Runner up        Pink Team consisting of students from Japan, China, Singapore, Morocco, and Thailand
  • 2nd Runner up (2 teams)
    • Orange Team consisting of students from Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand   
    • Black Team consisting of students from Japan, China, South Korea, and Thailand (two students)      
  • Best Design Award      Green Team consisting of students from Japan, China, South Korea, Morocco, and Thailand
  • Best Idea Award          Violet Team consisting of students from Japan, China, South Korea, Egypt, and Thailand.