The Hanoitimes - A group of university students from the southern province of Dong Nai have won the Asia-Pacific robot contest, known as Robocon, held in Tokyo, Japan. The victory for the Lac Hong University students was the sixth time a Vietnamese team has won the contest.
The Lac Hong University team who won the 2017 Asia-Pacific robot contest (Robocon), bringing Vietnam its sixth championship
This year’s competition featured 16 teams from 15 countries and regions against each other in a “landing disc” contest, with teams required to build robots that can throw flying discs to hit beach balls from seven spots on a field.
In the final round, the Vietnamese team defeated a Malaysian team, with the Vietnamese robot finishing the round with a perfect score in just 1 minute and 20 seconds. Japan and Thailand claimed second and third position, respectively. Vietnam has entered the competition every year since its first edition in 2002.
Three of the five previous championships were claimed by Ho Chi Minh City University of Science and Technology (2002, 2004, 2006), while Lac Hong University won in 2014, and Hung Yen University of Technology and Education triumphed the following year.
Next year Robocon will be held in Vietnam, themed “Throwing con” – inspired by a popular folk game among northern ethnic minority people during festivals, in which, players throw a ball through a ring on top of a 15-20m tall bamboo stick.