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Indonesian Team Wins International Robotics Contest

Indonesian Team Wins International Robotics Contest (antara)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian team successfully won the international robotic contest 'Trinity College Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest' (TCFFHRC) at Trinity College Hartford Connecticut, United States, on April 13-15 2019. The robot contest was joined by 37 countries in the world.

The Indonesian team represented by Alfan Achmadillah Fauzi, along with Rohmansyah and Ken Dedes Maria Khunty, looked happy when asked about their victory in the international contest.

The three students in the electrical engineering study program at Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) just won first place in the legged fire fighting robot category, and won second place in the wheeled fire fighting robot category at the Trinity College Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest (TCFFHRC) at Trinity College Hartford Connecticut, United States, April 13-15 2019. The robot contest was joined by 37 countries in the world.

"At first we didn't think our robot could win the championship, because its competitors were quite tough, especially from China," Fauzi said at the Soekarno Hatta Airport, Tangerang, Banten, recently.

Fauzi said the superiority of his team so that they could win the prestigious championship was located in the small dimensions of the robot, so that the movement maneuvers in each room went accurate. If the dimensions of the robot are large, the robot will easily hit the wall or obstacles in the contest.

In the international fire fighting robotics competition, continued Fauzi, it was assessed not only how the robot succeeded in putting out the fire, but also how the robot went through the obstacles in the competition. At the championship, the Indonesian team used legged and wheeled robots.

Fauzi and his team learned a lot from the robotic competition he participated in at home. At that time the robot he owned had a large dimension so it was difficult to move and his team failed to win first place. Since then, he has tried to make robots as small as possible.

To design the fire fighting robot, Fauzi, Ken and Rohman had to spend four months. The first month is used to design the shape of the robot, and finalize the design before being executed.

The shortcomings contained in the robot are repaired, needed sensors are added, and the final stage is entered at the algorithm stage and the motion of the robot. He and his team also learned a lot about the importance of collaboration.

"The most difficult thing is in gas because it is looking for a valve for a robot component and the second algorithm is very difficult, because we joined competitions in two categories. Alhamdulillah we won the championship," explained Fauzi as reported by Antara on Saturday (04/20/2019) .

Fauzi's interest in robots is not from a long time ago. He has only liked robots since the first semester. Initially he was interested in the engine, but because of the expensive research costs he was forced to swerve to explore the robot which eventually led him to win a number of national and international awards.

Ken, the only woman in the team, claimed that she had enjoyed mechanics since she was in the vocational school. According to Ken, taking part in working on the robot was difficult because they had to look for deficiencies from existing designs and then repair them.

Meanwhile, Rohman said the main key in making robots is hardware. He, Ken and Fauzi conducted research on what components were needed to create robots that have high accuracy in extinguishing fires.

"So in the championship, robots are told to map where the fire is. Our reference is room temperature, if the temperature is different it means there is fire. Well, the reference, infrared light. A robot looking for fire uses that sensor and a sensor that directs the robot to the point that, "explained Rohman.

All robots, both legged or wheeled categories have the mission to extinguish the fire quickly at the point in a room that resembles a house.

In the previous year, 2018, they won first place in the Indonesian robot contest in regional and national categories. In 2017, they also won the second place at the national robot contest.