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Plowing away the competition

Submitted by on February 13, 2012 – 9:00 pmNo Comment
The Yeto 2.0 team and thier snowplow

The Yedi 2.0 team and thier snowplow

Building a snowplow robot is a lot harder than it looks.

Just ask UM-Dearborn student Taoran Yan.

“It requires both theoretical knowledge and practical experience to make the design fit the requirements of this competition,” she said.

Yan, an international student from China, can speak from experience after she and other UM-Dearborn students recently participated in the Autonomous Snowplow Competition in St. Paul, Minn.

The competition, sponsored by Institution of Navigation (ION) Satellite Division, challenges college students to design and operate a fully autonomous snowplow to work on a designated path.

“I am very proud of taking part in the competition because it provided me a valuable opportunity to work on a project from scratch,” said Yan, who is studying electrical engineering.

Nattu Natarajan joined UM-Dearborn students at this year’s competition and advised them throughout the process.

“They learned things that they never learn in the classroom,” said Natarajan, UM-Dearborn associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. “There’s a different type of learning taking place. They started acting like engineers, not students.”

UM-Dearborn sent two teams to the competition – Yeti 2.0 and Geili, comprised of multiple international students from China. Yeti 2.0 took third place and won $1,000, while Geili placed fourth.

The Geili team

The Geili team

“They can now compete with the best of the best,” Natarajan said. “They can be very proud of themselves. Everything they did was from scratch. I’m really proud of them.”

UM-Dearborn student Doris Kotori helped lead Yeti 2.0 to a strong finish and also learned a lot about programming.

“It was a great experience,” Kotori said. “That was pretty much a perfect project.”

Yan agreed.

“I have not only enjoyed the happiness of the big festival, but also accumulated knowledge and eye-opening experiences during the competition,” Yan said. “It encourages me to keep working on the next task and develop my potential in the near future.”

UM-Dearborn’s Intelligent Systems Club sponsored the students’ trip to Minnesota.

Here’s a list of UM-Dearborn students who competed in the competition:

Geili: Xi Xie, Yuezhang Zhou, Taoran Yan, Yumeng Wang and Jia Huang

Yeti 2.0: Zach DeGeorge, Angelo Bertani, Doris Kotori, Alf Williams and Mark Lawrence

Benjamin Craig and Jhonatan Ferrer served as student advisors for both teams.

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