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Making intellectual robots: students of «Polytechnics» have won bronze in International competition in robotics in Poland

Four teams from Lviv Polytechnic National University (LPNU) were presented to the competition in Lodz on November 15, 2015.

The trip was sponsored by «Erikpoll» IT company, which supports our robotics-specializing students since the beginning of the season and, by the way, intends to make its presentation in LPNU on December 15, 2015 in the room 218 of the academic building XI. These were already 15th competition of robots in Lodz, they are organized by the local Polytechnic University. There are as many as eight kinds of competition in the program: robots run, wrestle (for example sumo), look for the exit from a labyrinth, and they amaze with many other things, – say Vasyl Tataryn, associate professor of LPNU, manager of the club of robotics affiliated to the department of FOT.

Students of LPNU participated in the familiar to them kind of competition – races of robots. The team «Fotonika –1» was the third to reach the finish. Andriy Nazar and Ivan Dnistrian, students of LPNU and members of the team, say that the team, may be, was inferior to leaders as to its mechanics, but its software was of high grade; and it is in spite of the fact that Polish colleagues have more opportunities and finances to build up robots, and the teams-winners – SRS and HODOR (both are Belarussian teams) have experienced engineers. Our students have won a cup, a microprocessor, and a pecuniary prize. They are already preparing for the next competition in Minsk.

Professor Ya Bobytskiy, head of the department of photonics considers these good results as a high level of skills, the competitions themselves encourages students to take into account mistakes and tendencies, for example, those of miniaturization of devices, which are to be still widely introduced into technology; he says:

The modern robot, which is considered by spectators as an ordinary machine, is an intellectual system which has an extraordinarily complicated sensing subsystem, a subsystem of actuators (i.e. driving mechanisms), a «brain» – a processor which controls these subsystems and has intellect of its own, i.t. it is professionally programed. All this means that students who deal with robotics must be sufficiently taught. As we foresaw, our specialty – Laser and optic-electronic engineering – is an intersubject. Because the specialist in this field must have more than fundamental education, many special subjects should be learned as well.