Due to the tragedy that happened at the Fukushima nuclear facility after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, students are asked to design a remotely-controlled vehicle to inspect a simulated contaminated area of 5m x 7.75m in the competition. The vehicle must be controlled by an operator without a direct visual view of the course, and be able to negotiate around obstacles, record the level of radioactivity and finish designated tasks in the course within five minutes.
Led by Academic Supervisor Ir Lo Kok-keung, the team comprises three members, namely Miss Ng Kar-yee (Team Leader), Mr Mak Tsz-kin and Mr Ng Tin-long. The remote inspection vehicle designed by PolyU students is equipped with an intelligent clip and a wireless camera with stable performance. It could complete all tasks within one minute.
The PolyU team has advanced to the final round amidst fierce competition in the open category. This year only two teams from Asian universities have won a place for the final. The team will be competing against around 20 teams from other universities in the final of the Student Design Competition to be held on 17 November 2013 in San Diego, California, the United States.
The competition is an annual event organized by the ASME. PolyU engineering students have joined the competition since 2003, and it is the ninth time that PolyU team has made it to the contest final within eleven years.