First Ever SAITM Robotics Challenge Organized by the Faculty of Engineering

SAITM Robotics Challenge 2013 Concluded in a Great Success

SAITM Robotic Challenge, 2013 (SRC'13) an inter university robotics competition, organized by the Robotics Association of the Mechatronics Engineering Department, of the Faculty of Engineering SAITM was held on 31st of May at SAITM premises and concluded in a great success.

The SRC2013 was the first of its kind to be organized by the Faculty of Engineering, SAITM. It brought together Engineering undergraduates from ten state as well as non-state sector universities of Sri Lanka, and they competed for the “Dr. Neville Fernando Challenge Trophy” in a robotics challenge designed for undergraduates, highlighting the challenges and developments in the field of Robotics and Automation. In organizing SRC2013, SAITM Faculty of Engineering strive to promote engineering design at university level and encourage Sri Lankan youth to come forward with innovative solutions to real life applications.

Undergraduates from Engineering, Science and technology disciplines from seven state sector Universities including University of Moratuwa, University of Peradeniya and University of Colombo participated for the event. In addition there were participants from four non-state universities as well. A team entered from University of Uwa Wellassa won the challenge trophy, while the 1st and 2nd runner ups were teams entered from University of Ruhuna, and SAITM respectively.

Many academics and professionals from state universities and industries contributed for evaluating the event with Prof. Nimal Ekanayake, (Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Peradeniya) and Prof. Janaka Ekanayake (Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Peradeniya) holding the Chair of the panel of Judges for two sessions. Mr. Dushyantha Rupasinghe from ABB Sri Lanka and Mr Vajira Tennakoon representing SINGER PLC also attended the event as guests of honour.

The main sponsors of this event were SINGER PLC and ABB Sri Lanka and official media partners for the event are Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd.