Lawrence Technological University’s robotic vehicle, iWheels 2, finished fifth in Inter-Operability Profiles (IOP) challenge and sixth in the Auto-Nav Challenge at the 22nd
annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) held at Oakland University June 6-9.
IGVC promotes the research and development of automated and intelligent vehicles that can have both civilian and military applications. Forty-nine teams from around the nation and as far away as India and Japan entered the prestigious international competition.
Computer science undergraduate student Gordon Stein, and two students from Brazil, Gabriel Laguardia de lima and Jorge Damiao Barbosa das Chagas, competed for LTU and won $1,000 in prizes. Professor CJ Chung and Adjunct Instructor Jonathan Ruszala were the faculty co-advisors. Two former IGVC participants Jonathan Nabozny and Christopher Kawatsu, assisted as technical advisors.
Chung said the fifth place award in IOP challenge is significant, because it involved the key software technologies for smart cars of the future that will connect to each other and the transportation infrastructure.
Sponsors include the Joint Project Office for Robotic Systems of the U.S. Army, the Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise of the Department of Defense, TARDEC, and the Michigan chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association, Oakland University, and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (both the foundation and the Great Lakes chapter).
Corporate sponsors include Lockheed Martin, Continental, Valeo, Magna, MathWorks, and General Dynamics Land Systems.
Demonstrations of the iWheels 2 robot are scheduled for the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress at Detroit’s Cobo Center in September.