LTU finishes second in IGVC's IOP category

Release Date: March 9, 2017
Bigfoot team

Members of LTU’s successful Bigfoot team include (L-R) Captain Gordon Stein, Jimmy Tanamati Soares, Adjunct Instructor Jonathan Ruszala, Icaro Gargione, Fan Wei, and Professor CJ Chung.

The Bigfoot team from Lawrence Technological University won $2,000 for its second-place finish in the Interoperability Profiles (IOP) category at the 23rd annual Intelligent Ground Vehicles Challenge (IGVC) held at Oakland University June 5-8.

IOP includes key technologies for self-driving vehicles that are connected to an intelligent infrastructure.

IGVC is an annual international event that challenges student teams to develop an autonomous and interoperable ground vehicle that can maneuver through a challenging course while also finding six GPS waypoints along the way. There were 42 teams in the competition, including teams from Australia, Canada, Egypt, India, and Japan.

Sponsors for IGVC included TARDEC, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the National Defense Industrial Association, Magna Electronics, FEV, American Elements, BAE Systems, Continental, MathWorks, Valeo, General Dynamics Land Systems, and Oakland University.

Sponsors of LTU’s Bigfoot team included DENSO, Realtime Technologies, Inc., Clearpath Robotics, Sparton, OmniSTAR, LTU’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at LTU, and Robofest.
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