E D U B O T S
SHAPING THE FUTURE OF ROBOTICS
Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition
Stephanie Sokol, School of Communication and Journalism
Communications Assistant and Web Content Developer, Oakland University, Rochester, MI
Engineers from around the world visited Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan to compete in the 23rd Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) June 5-8, 2015. Started in 1993, groups that participate in IGVC are judged for the navigation and design of their unmanned vehicles.
IGVC was cofounded by Oakland University engineering Professor Dr. KaC Cheok, along with Jerry Lane and Paul Lescoe. Lane and Lescoe were research engineers at the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren, Michigan, working with driverless HMMWVs (“Humvees”) in the 1990s.
The competition promotes the application of unmanned systems curriculum and fields of study. According to Lane, “It insures a full-spectrum education experience, including: team building, design, development, fabrication, test, analysis, simulation, presentation, Q&A, field debugging, system performance optimization, and competition. IGVC has unique customer base: faculty, students, and sponsors.”
“The 23rd IGVC met its objective, as did previous IGVCs, by introducing engineering and science students to intelligent vehicle needs and producing Engineers & Scientists by the end of the competition,” Lane said.