March 15th, 2017: A team of students from Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has triumphed in the UAE national finals of the GCC Robotics Challenge for the second year in a row.
Engineering students Mehak Butt, Nikita Mankovskii, and Iman Seyed Hossein, along with e-business student Valeriy Borsuk, came out on top following a combination of challenges that tested their mechanical and programming skills. The win for team ‘Cheburashka’ follows on from CUD’s success in last year’s competition, which was the first time the University entered into the event.
Hosted at CUD, this year’s challenge involved six separate rounds of technical trials, from moving objects, to navigating through a maze. Teams from universities across the UAE each competed across the six rounds, applying their technical knowledge to build robust devices and programming them to take on specific robotic challenges.
The CUD team elected to use the complex Vex technology to compete against their fellow competitors’ lego devices; a move that saw them secure victory in three of the rounds and go on to win the overall competition title.
Speaking about the challenge, Nikita said, “This competition is a fun way to apply our learning and to get hands-on experience with an important technology in our field.”
Valeriy added, “As a business student the technical level of the competition is quite challenging, but I am enjoying learning something new and creating networks that I am sure will be beneficial for my future career.”
As robotics play an increasingly important part in human life, CUD’s School of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology has provided a platform for students to engage with the technology, both inside and outside the classroom, with investment in state-of-the-art equipment and the creation of a student robotics club.
Mentored by Chair of Network Engineering, Dr. Sherif Moussa, and Lab Instructor, Mr. Sijo Sudheendran, the winning team will now go on to face competitors from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and Oman in the grand final of the regional competition.
Dr. Moussa said, “We always encourage students to challenge themselves outside the classroom and this competition is a good test of their practical programming and mechanical skills. We are proud of the way that the students worked as a team and applied what they have learnt skillfully to win this challenging competition.”
Mehak, Nikita, Iman and Valeriy will now travel to Qatar to compete in the regional finals on April 29th.