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Calling all innovators

Media release

This December, Curtin University of Technology students will host the inaugural Australian stage of the international robotics competition, iNexus.

Held at Curtin’s Bentley Campus, this competition is an opportunity for students to build their own robots to contend against other teams from across Australia, with the winners going on to compete against the world’s best in India.
¦lt;br /> For Curtin’s Mechatronic Engineering Programme Leader, Dr Euan Lindsay, iNexus is an excellent way for the many innovative university students from around Australia to show what they can do.

“Robotics technology has come a long way in recent years, and it has a big role to play in the future of industry and our everyday lives,” he said.

“It is great that students will have this opportunity to show off their skills at a competition hosted by a group of enterprising Curtin students, who have taken the initiative to bring this competition to Australia.

“I would love to see this become a regular event held here at Curtin.”

According to Curtin’s Dean of Engineering, Professor Moses Tade, one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers, bringing iNexus to Australia is a great way to connect Australian innovators to their peers overseas.

“iNexus started at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in India and involves competitors from all around the world,” he said.

“Engineering is an international profession. Creating relationships between our best engineers and those from other countries is very important.”

The three winners will receive fully paid for air fares to India and accommodation, to take part in the iNexus finals in January 2010, to be held at the prestigious IIT Bombay Techfest Expo.

The task is to build two autonomous robots that can complete a number of basic tasks.

iNexus Australia will be held on the 5th of December, and is an initiative of the Curtin Robotics Club and cbsplus, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

For more information or to register, visit the IIT Mumbai Techfest website.