The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) and Mahinda College Galle emerged winners in their categories at Robofest 2013, an event supported by Sri Lanka's single largest apparel exporter Brandix as main sponsor.
More than 60 robotic applications competed in the university category, while schools submitted over 100 applications at this annual robotic competition organised by the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering of SLIIT.
Speaking at the closing ceremony in his capacity as Chief Guest, Brandix Director Udena Wickremesooriya said the Group has taken a decision to actively support robotics-related competitions because it is convinced that technological advancements would soon change industries and the way in which companies operate their businesses.
Brandix is committed to become involved in this process at a very early stage to truly drive success, he said, urging participants not to stop at this competition, but to keep taking risks, innovate and keep pushing the boundaries.He added that Brandix would be launching an 'incubator' in the near future which would facilitate and foster innovation in Sri Lanka.
The first prizes in the university and school categories at Robofest 2013 were presented to the winners by Mr. Wickremesooriya.
In the university segment, SLIIT took first and third places, while ICBT Kandy was placed second. In the school segment, St. Thomas' College Matara came second and St. Mary's College Kegalle third. The single prize awarded in the 'Open' category went to New Techno Lanka Engineers (Pvt) Ltd.
Robofest is conducted annually by SLIIT primarily to promote the application of problem solving skills and skills honed from modules taught in undergraduate studies, such as Embedded Systems Design, Embedded Systems Engineering and Micro processor based Systems, Digital and Analog Electronics, Control Systems, Robotics and Software Engineering, as well as any type of knowledge acquired by the other competition participants. It is also an opportunity for the industry to demonstrate locally-developed technologies that might represent an innovative idea worth demonstrating.
Competitors are required to build a Robot that can perform a given task according to a given criteria, and the winners of the competition are awarded valuable prizes and certificates.
In another association with robotics, Brandix came forward to sponsor the Sri Lankan Robotics Challenge organized by the E-Club of the University of Moratuwa last December.Subsequently, two teams representing Sri Lanka emerged winners and second runner-up at the International Robotics Challenge 2013 held in Mumbai, India in January 2013. Brandix was also the sole sponsor of the University of Peradeniya Faculty of Engineering team that represented Sri Lanka at the 2013 ROBOCON International Robot Competition conducted by the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) in Danang, Vietnam, in August this year. The team achieved the best standing by a Sri Lankan team at this competition to date.
A Group that employs more than 44,000 people at 42 manufacturing plants in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh, Brandix has partnerships with the Universities of Colombo, Peradeniya, Moratuwa, Kelaniya, Sri Jayewardenepura and Wayamba. Brandix is also credited with innovating and creating many firsts, among them, the first apparel manufacturer in the world to build a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)Platinum-rated Green factory certified by the US Green Building Council (USGBC); the first in Sri Lanka to build a LEED Gold certified office complex; and the builder of the first Supply Chain City in South Asia -- the 1000-acre Brandix India Apparel City (BIAC).