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Lawrence Tech hosts robotic mini urban challenge

Release Date: December 6, 2007

Southfield, Mich. – Lawrence Technological University will host a robot programming competition for college students and a select advanced high school students modeled on the famous DARPA Urban Challenge on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 6 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 in free.

DARPA stands for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the central research and development organization for the U.S Department of Defense. In the original DARPA Urban Challenge, autonomous vehicles must complete a 60-mile urban course safely in less than six hours.

Inspired by that event, Lawrence Tech offers an indoor competition for autonomous robots using an onboard CCD 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 traffic lights.

The competition was developed by Associate Professor CJ Chung, director of Lawrence Tech’s Autonomous Robotics Institute for Students and Educators (ARISE!).

“Computer vision is a key component in intelligent robotics, and we will learn a lot about computer vision through the competition,” Chung said.

For more information, go to or contact or (248) 204-3569.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 60 Undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 5,000-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 Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.