University of Waterloo Undergrads Capture First Place Victory
KARLSRUHE, Germany Early May the University of Waterloo Nanorobotics Group (UW_NRG) placed 1st at this year’s Mobile Microrobotics Challenge at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Karlsruhe, Germany. This is the second time the team has won the competition against graduate and post-doctoral candidates from top international institutions. This year’s competition included teams from USA, France, Canada, and Czech Republic. The team used advanced micro-scale technology to control the speed and agility of its competitive microrobot with unmatched precision. The implications of this performance can lead to progressive leaps in the development of micro-scale applications from targeted drug delivery and minimally invasive surgery to advanced electronics manufacturing.
The group would not have been able to achieve this fantastic victory without generous support from its valued sponsors: Zaber Technologies, Brim Electronics, Agilent Technologies, Maplesoft, IEEE Canadian Foundation, Sustainability Television, and DEI & Associates Inc. As well as support from the University of Waterloo: the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Department, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, the Chemical Engineering Department, the Dean of Engineering Office, the Office of the Provost, the Waterloo Engineering Endowment Fund, the Engineering Society, Sanford Fleming Foundation, and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology. UW_NRG would also like to thank its academic mentors, Dr. Mustafa Yavuz, Dr. Rafaat Mansour, and Dr. Eric Prouzet for their technical guidance. UW_NRG will always be truly grateful for the supportive community and network of organizations at the University of Waterloo that provided the group with the resources it needed to innovate and succeed.