AcYut, a humanoid robot created by students of India's Birla Institute of Technology (BITS), Pilani, won the Bronze Medal at the World RoboGames 2009, held in San Francisco, California, from June 12-14. The Indian team included Samay Kohli, Sushma Vallabhaneni, Mohammad Ariz, and Akash Gupta, and was guided by Professor Dr. R.K. Mittal.
The 6th annual RoboGames was held this month with 403 robots from 18 different parts of the globe competing in the categories of combat, sumo, robo-one/androids, open, hockey, art bots and junior league.
This year's medals went to the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Brazil, India, Canada, Indonesia, South Korea and Russia. Host country United States topped the medal tally with 85 medals in all, followed by Mexico (9), and United Kingdom (8). Other participants were Australia, Austria, Colombia, Egypt, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Peru and Taiwan.Although the host country carried off most of the medals, visiting countries stood out at some events, like Mexico at 1 lb autonomous combat, 500 g autonomous sumo, 100 g autonomous sumo and autonomous line follower, Brazil at 3kg sumo (both autonomous and radio-controlled), and the United Kingdom in the "best of show" and "walker challenge" modalities."Taking part gave us the opportunity to test our knowledge against students from other nations, and proved that we are at the same level or better than other students from famous schools", said Mexico's National Polytechnic Institute student Erick Rodríguez who, along with his fellow team member Rogelio Baeza, took gold in the autonomous line follower event.RoboGames, previously ROBOlympics, holds the Guinness Record for “world’s largest robot competition”. It was founded in 2004 by David Calkins to help robot builders exchange ideas and learn from each other.