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Lawrence Tech hosts robotic mini urban challenge Dec. 11

Release Date: December 9, 2008

Southfield, Mich. - Lawrence Technological University will host an intelligent robotics competition for advanced high school and college students on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

The competition will be held on the atrium level of the Buell Management Building on Lawrence Tech's Southfield campus at 21000 West Ten Mile Road. The public is invited and admission is free.

This is an indoor competition for autonomous robots using an onboard camera as a sensor. The contestants use a common robotic platform developed at Lawrence Tech called L2Bot. Student teams must implement a vision guidance software system to allow the robot to maneuver a course simulating urban roads with a tunnel. The technologies learned from this competition can be applied to cars with vision sensors and intelligent robotics projects.

Participants include Romeo Engineering & Technology Center, a Java programming class from Cranbrook Schools, a Home school group from Bloomfield Township that won Robofest 2008 championship, and Berean Academy from Rochester Hills, as well as Lawrence Tech computer science students.

The competition is organized by Lawrence Tech's Autonomous Robotics Institute for Students and Educators (ARISE!).

"We are always looking for ways to get students involved in computer science at a young age, and this competition is for the future intelligent robotics," said CJ Chung, associate professor of computer science and the director of ARISE!

Just before the award ceremony around 8:30 p.m., there will be a demonstration of H2Bot, believed to be the world's first fuel-cell-powered autonomous robot vehicle.

For more information, go to www.robofest.net or contact Robofest@ltu.edu or (248) 204-3569.

Also watch the last year's video at www.robofest.net/collegiate.

Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.