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Team places in top third at Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition

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October 27, 2015

A 5-member undergraduate student team placed in the top third in the Autonomous Navigation challenge and the Vehicle Design and Presentation event at the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) in June.

The primary event at the competition was the Autonomous Navigation challenge.  The UDM team placed 12th overall in a field of 36 teams. 

In the Vehicle Design and Presentation event, the students scored 1,015 points, placing 10th overall.

"We entered the competition with a team of 5 undergraduate seniors who did quite well," says Dr. Mark Paulik.  "In previous years, we fielded teams of 20 graduate and undergraduate students.  This year’s results are remarkable for the small but talented team."

Team members included Kaylah Berndt, Jon Kreska, Angela Tuscany, John Faski and Ahmad Hazime.

In recent years, the Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering departments collaborated on design of autonomous robotic systems for the competition.

The challenge of the competition is the combined autonomous driving and navigation.  

The vehicle must drive through an outdoor course delineated with lane markings and obstacles while navigating between global position system (GPS) waypoints.

The senior-level CAPSTONE course serves as the basis for the design and construction of the robots.    

For three consecutive years, 2008 through 2010, teams from the University of Detroit Mercy were the overall winners in the IGVC competition.

The field of competitors for the IGVC typically comprises over 50 teams from universities across the United States of America, Canada, India, Australia, and Japan.  

Congratulations to this year’s team!  See photographs from this year’s competition.

UDM's IGVC team 2015

Steven Lee (consultant), Jianfan Lin (ECE Dept. Laboratory Administrator), Jon Kreska, John Faski (kneeling), Professor Utayba Mohammad, Professor Mark Paulik, Kaylah Berndt (kneeling), Angela Tuscany and Professor Mohan Krishnan

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