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MTEC, NSTDA in cooperation with Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Engineering holds press conference on “IDC RoBoCon 2016” being held in Thailand

     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, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and PTT Public Company Limited  holds a press conference on the “International Design Contest (IDC) RoBoCon 2016”, aiming to encourage advancement in robots and automation under the concept “Robot Caregiver”. First and foremost, Thailand is honored to be the host of the 27th edition of the international robot design competition. This year’s competition is attended by 50 university students representing seven countries including Japan, China, South Korea, Egypt, Singapore, Morocco, and Thailand. Of the total 50 students, 15 are representatives from Thailand.
IDC RoBoCon 2016 will take place on August 8 – 19, 2016 at the Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, with the final match scheduled for August 20, 2016 at Pantip Pratunam.       
     Dr. Julathep Kajornchaiyakul, Executive Director of the National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC) said: “MTEC is very pleased and honored to be the main organizer of IDC RoBoCon 2016. We are aware of significant roles of robots and automation in the development of Thailand’s economic and industrial sectors as well as in all other sectors including medical care, education, and security that are crucial for the people’s lives in our modern world. The competition is held every year in rotation by countries all over the world. Thailand was chosen to host the competition for the first time in 2007. And since 2008, MTEC has been dedicated to organizing the competition. This year, Thailand once again serves as the host for the 27th edition of IDC RoboCon which aims to search for the best young talents in the fields of robots and automation on an international level, who effectively apply their creativity and theoretical knowledge in practice. The competition is also an effort to stimulate the manufacture of robots that will add benefits to the future society.”   
     Assoc. Prof. Dr. Supot Teachavorasinskun, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University said: “Chulalongkorn University places considerable importance on robotics and automation technologies and is committed to continuously creating personnel in the field of robotics technologies. The IDC RoBoCon 2016 is a great opportunity for 15 Thai university students who have demonstrated excellent talents to showcase their abilities and share their knowledge, techniques and creative ideas with international students from other countries. Each competing team consists of students from different institutions. Meanwhile, this year’s competition is held under the concept “Robot Caregiver” to seek potential solutions to cope with the world’s population aging which has been rapidly increasing. One of the main issues of aging is that their health problems result in them taking more and more medical drugs. Therefore, the IDC RoBoCon 2016’s objective is to support contestants’ creativity and knowledge to build a robot that allow and make it easier for elderly people to manage their medication lists correctly.”

     According to the competition rules, a total of 50 university students from seven countries will be divided into 10 teams and each team consist of five members from different countries and mixed gender. The contestants will get to know each other, brainstorm creative ideas, share basic engineering knowledge and learn to work as a team with their teammates for 10 days. Each team will have to design and construct two robots to pick up the pills and drop them off in their corresponding pillboxes. Each round of the contest will take two minutes. The team that can fill the pills in their corresponding pillboxes correctly in the fastest time will be the winner. For those who are interested to witness the final match of the “International Design Contest (IDC) RoBoCon 2016” which is scheduled for August 20, 2016, you are welcome at Pantip Hall on the first floor of Pantip Pratunam. For more information and updates, please visit https://www.mtec.or.th/idcrobocon2016 or https://www.facebook.com/ThailandRDC.