The Imperial College Robotics Society (ICRS) is a student-led university club with an aim to increase interest in robotics at Imperial College London. We run workshops, competitions and lectures to teach about robotics, electronics and software as well as providing help (financial and technical) to students looking to start a robotics projects.
5 teams designed, built and tested their robots over the year with various approaches taken to solving the problem. It was a great way to share ideas and see how effective different approaches to the task at hand were.
Imperial team, IC-r-us, won 1st place in the UK Eurobot Competition with their simple yet reliable robot, placing them in the World Finals held in Astrakhan, Russia. As this was a fantastic opportunity for our students, we set out immediately looking for funding. The Old Centralians? Trust and the EEE and Computing departments gave generously to our team, and consequently we were able to take 5 members of the society to the competition in Russia.
We had a great time in Russia. The competition was brilliant, with many excellent teams from around the world. Our robot continued to perform extremely reliably, and finished in the top 1/3rd of the league table, which was a considerable achievement! We were featured on Russian television and had the chance to meet many incredible young people involved in robotics.
This year we are continuing with our participation in Eurobot. We will take the things we learnt from last year and use them to improve ourselves and our robots. We will, however, only have 1 or 2 teams in order to focus efforts and achieve our target of coming in the top 3 teams world-wide. Hopefully this time next year we can send you some fantastic news!