MRIU’s Engineering Students reach Imagine cup 2010 finals

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai | June 22, 2010 16:18 IST

Tushar Chugh, Adeel Kidwai and Rajeev R Bhatia students from Manav Rachna College of Engineering (MRCE), Faridabad have been selected as an Embedded Development Finalist and will attend the Imagine Cup 2010 Worldwide Finals in Warsaw, Poland.

These students, under the guidance of Wg. Cdr M.S. Giri, developed an automated ground vehicle called WiziTank. It can be used in hazardous and potentially life-threatening environments like Low Intensity Conflict / Explosive Ordinance Disposal program and Homeland Security.

The Imagine Cup encourages young people to apply their imagination, their passion and their creativity to technology innovations that can make a difference in the world – today. Now in its eighth year, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on finding solutions to real world issues.

The trios from MRCE were inspired by a common thought of working for their country and saving precious life of the soldiers, through this project idea.

The project: WiziTank

The WiziTank (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) will be part of the future combat force to carry out tasks that would otherwise be difficult for a conventional manned vehicle. This vehicle will be innovative and cost-effective in situational awareness systems that serve and protect military, law enforcement and security professionals engaged in low-intensity conflict and anti- terrorism activities in urban & unstructured environments. 

This will be part of the Low Intensity Conflict / Explosive Ordinance Disposal program and Homeland Security to carry out tasks into a variety of undesirable, hazardous, and potentially life-threatening environments in stealth and NBC threats.

In order to navigate autonomously, the vehicle will be mounted with sensors for evaluating the terrain and have software for interpreting the data, path planning to decide a safe course of action, and control to oversee that plan. Sensing and interpretation of the terrain and environment are the most challenging tasks. Generation of terrain profile, detection of positive and negative obstacles, lethal drop off, safe down slope, pothole, waterhole, Geometric profile, penetrability and compressibility are to be understood for autonomous navigation.

The technologies for the autonomous navigation is multidisciplinary which includes kinematics, Real time perception system, Multi sensors data fusion, Localization & Path planning and Robust vehicle control.

Wg. Cdr M.S. Giri who guided the students during this project said, “We think that in today's world, where technology not only affects businesses, but also changes the way the world looks at it. It surely affects the masses, and makes this world a better place to live in and that is why we need to utilize technology for solving the issues bothering the society and the world.”

Imagine Cup provides a platform to students and is a serious challenge that draws serious talent with intense competition. The contest spans a year, beginning with local, regional and online contests whose winners go on to attend the Worldwide Finals held in a different location every year.

Research and DevelopmentMRIU

MRIU has taken many initiatives to display their leading edge in R & D and recently students from MRCE have won 1st and 2nd prize for their marvelous projects - Automatic Drainage System & Wireless Electronic Display and Design and Fabricate a Paper Jogger respectively at best Engineering Projects 2010 exhibition at Faridabad Industries Association (FIA).

MRIU has taken more than 125 research projects (including minor, major, internal funding as well as external funding based) which have been/are being handled by the faculty. Some of these include Design and Development of a column for Bio-diesel purification; Development of composite polymer electrolyte films for electrochemical devices; Role of Initialization in short term forecast of tropical cyclone & Monsoon depression by using numerical model),UNIDO Project, Baha Buggy Project, Industrial Consultancy Projects etc.

Baha Buggy an All Terrain Vehicle Developed by FET students won best design and innovation award at Society of Automotive Engineer (SAE) 2009, India. Around 50 universities participated from all over the country and it was a moment of extreme pride when the team representing MRIU won the award.