Thai students win world RoboCup rescue


A team from the King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB) has stomped to victory at the World RoboCup Rescue 2011 contest, making Thailand the champion in the field for six consecutive years now.

The contest was held in Turkey's Istanbul from July 7 to yesterday.

More than 3,000 people from 43 countries including the United States and Japan took part.

Of the five top teams, three are from Thailand.

IRAP_Judy, the team from KMUTNB, emerged victorious with a very high score.

While it bagged 835 points, the next best team "MLR" (from Iran) got just 430 points. The second and third runners-up were Stabilize with 405 points (from Thailand's Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon) and Success with 395 points (from Thailand's Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin).

"I am so glad that our team has successfully defended Thailand's championship at the World RoboCup Rescue," Kanjanas Saenboonsiri of the iRAP_Judy team said.

The team member's Watit Phusuwan said his team's good preparations made it possible to clinch the victory.

"We have been preparing hard for this contest during the past six months," Watit said. He said apart from the proud victory, his team members had also received valuable experience outside classrooms during the preparation and the contest in Istanbul.

SCG has sponsored the iRAP_Judy team, which won the Thailand Rescue Robot Championship 2010. Since 2004, SCG has organised this annual contest to promote Thai children's development in the field of science and technology.

"With the very high scores by the Thai team, foreigners have come to admire Thai youths' abilities even more," SCG executive Veenus Asavasitthithavorn said.

"Some teams in the contest have come from countries that have been considered the world's technology leaders, but the Thai team emerged champions," Thai Robotics Society's senior adviser Jackrit Suthakorn said.

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