Crawling to the Finish Line

Obstacle Course

Obstacle Course

The world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity, IEEE, is hosting the annual IEEE R5 Robotics Competition, and Inuktun is proud to co-sponsor the engaging event. Set to take place in Denver, Colorado on March 31st to April 1st, 2017, the IEEE R5 Robotics Competition will provide an obstacle course that undergraduate post-secondary students must traverse using their own autonomous robots.

Inuktun Versatrax 450™ FOSAR Crawler

Inuktun Versatrax 450™ FOSAR Crawler

Just like Inuktun’s Versatrax 450™ foreign object search and rescue (FOSAR) crawler or the Versatrax 200™ borehole and tunnel entry crawler, participating students’ robots must be built with the challenges of tunnel and buried cache remote inspection in mind. According to IEEE, the game field simulates a tunnel containing infrastructure such as steel cables or rails for material transport and electrical conductors for lighting or communications. Surface obstacles and anomalies represent typical operational challenges. Sensors may be required to detect tunnels, navigation and control will need to implement search patterns, tunnel mapping, manoeuvring around obstacles, and possibly a manipulator.

Inuktun is eager to see what the future of robotics brings through this challenge. More details on the competition can be found on IEEE’s website.