Date 2016-12-22 9176 Clicks
This year, the 21st FIRA Robot World Cup was held in Beijing, China (Dec 14-18). The TKU Robot research team, made up of several students from the TKU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was led by department professor Ching-Chang Wong, assistant professor Shih-An Li, and post-doctoral candidate Chi-Cheng Liu. As in previous years, the TKU contingent sealed several top spots, clinching a total of four gold medals, one silver, and three bronze.
Since 2003, the TKU team has performed particularly well in the RoboSot and HuroCup categories. To date, in the RoboSot category alone, it has amassed 12 championship titles, with 11 of them coming consecutively. In the HuroCup category, it has claimed a total of nine All Round championship titles, three of them in successive years.
This year, entrants banded together to overcome various obstacles, such as uneven surfaces, differing interpretations of competition rules, and wireless interference caused by Wi-Fi devices on or near the competition grounds.
In addition to the regular proceedings, this year, to recognize the contributions made to the annual FIRA contest by recently deceased TKU assistant professor Chi-Tai Cheng, a new scholarship program was officially established, known as the "Professor Chi-Tai Cheng Memorial Scholarship".