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Japanese experts help develop robotics in Laos
Publication Date : 15-08-2013
Students at the National University of Laos (NUOL) yesterday learnt more about the use of applied micro-processors in robot design ahead of a robot competition to be held later this year.
The two-day workshop aimed to expand participants' technical knowledge and computer skills in designing robots so they can learn techniques to improve the control and movement of the robots they design.
Workshops promoting continued development in the area of robot design and expertise on robots in Laos have preceded the competition held each year since 2002. The Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Laos hosts the event annually, with the support of Japanese experts in the field.
The Robocup, IR electronic ball is an ingenious piece of electronic equipment which employs two robots and an electronic ball.
Both players try to manoeuvre the ball, which is linked with sensors, and score a goal. It is popular among the students of Tokai University.
This is the first time that Japanese experts have brought the electronic ball to Laos. They hope it will help teach faculty students about the technology, which is simply about using microprocessors to achieve a desired task.
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the NUOL Faculty of Engineering, Associate Prof Dr Khamphoui Southisombath, said the workshop will help Lao engineering students to develop their skills and work in the field of robotics. He said that since the competition held during NUOL's 15th anniversary last year, engineering students had developed their skills and worked together to design a robot for entry in the competition, and this was a good opportunity to further their skills even more.
President of the Association for Advanced Education in Asia and Emeritus Professor at Tokai University in Japan, Dr Toshiro Iijima, said the association realises the importance of human resource development and was happy to provide materials for building robots to the faculty.
He urged students to ensure they get as much as possible out of the workshop by using the new electronic developments for designing and controlling robots.
Every year Tokai University provides electronic equipment and technical knowledge to the faculty to help engineering students in Laos develop robots for competitions and to enhance human resources development in the field, he said.