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Khalifa University Teams Place 2nd and 3rd in Robotics and Drones for Good Competitions

Khalifa University Teams Place 2nd and 3rd in Robotics and Drones for Good Competitions

Published: 19th of February, 2017

Khalifa University teams placed 2nd in the Robotics for Good and 3rd in the Drones for Good 2016 Competitions for their innovative “Navigation System for the Visually Impaired-Obstacle Detection (NSVI-OD)” robot and “Multi-Perspective Constant Aerial Surveillance System (M-CASS)” drone following the finals held in Dubai on February 17-18, 2017.

The NSVI-OD robot was developed by team comprising both students and faculty: Khaled Humood, Ahmed Alagha, Ali AlShebli and Shakti Singh. Their robot aims to assist people with visual disabilities by providing them with a mechanism, namely a rolling cane mounted with a camera and sensor which alerts them to obstacles in their path, including staircases.

The M-CASS drone was created by a faculty team from Khalifa University, Dr. Lakmal Seneviratne, Dr. Guowei Cai and Dr. Tarek Taha with assistance from a team at the Gwangju Institute for Science and Technology. The drone uses two special sub-systems: a stationary tethered aerial robot system (STAR) and a novel 3-D wireless charging platform (3-D WCP), in order to provide continuous aerial surveillance without stopping to recharge the device.