TIANJIN, May 17 (Xinhua) -- China's National University of Defense Technology excelled among a total of 13 underwater robot teams from China, the United States, Japan and Australia that competed in the World Intelligence Underwater Robots Challenge in the event which concluded here on Thursday.
In the initial test, each team was tasked with planning a path for a robot's underwater movements, precisely triggering six targets fixed to both walls of a swimming pool one by one. The number of triggered targets and the timing determined the rank of the team.
Joseph Lobley and his three team members from Georgia Institute of Technology competed in the event.
"We did not bring out equipment, because we came from the United States The device (that they provided us) is very great, it works very well, very smooth, and very easy to operate. I'm happy with that," Joseph said.
Their opponent was the team from China's National University of Defense Technology, who brought a self-developed underwater robot and took about 90 seconds to trigger six targets, far ahead of Joseph's team.
Zhang Fumin, professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, said the competition created a platform for the exchange of ideas among the students.
"I hope my students can expand their horizons through these games," Zhang said.
A team from Tianjin University had an intense competition with an international team consisting of five students from the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney.
"We focused too much on the handle, but ignored the need to adjust our gear and control the robot's speed," said Ding Guangyu from The University of Sydney.
Jin Nan, deputy party secretary of the school in Tianjin University said, hopes the competition will let more students have the chance to participate in international robotics competitions.
After the initial test, the 13 international teams competed in another three rounds of tests.
The championship went to the team from China's National University of Defense Technology.
The competition, themed "Dream pursuer in the water, intelligence winner in the future," is one of the five competitions being held during the third World Intelligence Congress, providing a platform for international teams to showcase the function and intelligence of underwater robots.