Vietnam's robot team wins int'l contest

By Vo Ba, Thanh Nien News

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Students of Lac Hong university celebrate after claiming the highest prize of the Robocon held in Pune city, India on Sunday. Photo: Vo Ba Students of Lac Hong university celebrate after claiming the highest prize of the Robocon held in Pune city, India on Sunday. Photo: Vo Ba
A university robot team from Vietnam claimed victory at an annual international competition in India on Sunday.
The robots designed and built by students of the Lac Hong University in Dong Nai Province won the 14th ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest (Robocon) in the city of Pune.
Eighteen teams from 17 countries and regions competed in this year’s Robocon, using two robots, one automatic and the other manual, to perform four activities of see-saw, pole walk, swing and jungle gym on an arena that was designed as a child park.
The Vietnamese team completed its tasks in 47 second in the final match against the Japanese robots from the Nagoya Institute of Technology.
Lam Thanh Hien, Vice Director of Lac Hong University, said the victory would inspire his team to further improve their robot technology.
"We had waited for this day for too long," Hien said.
The robot teams from Lac Hong has represented Vietnam at Robocon five times after winning the national competitions. It was the first runner-up in 2010, 2012 and 2013, and the second runner-up in 2011.
The ABU Robocon is an Asian Oceanian College robot competition, founded in 2002 by Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.
This year's theme is "A Salute to Parenthood," through which the organizers want to convey the message that parenthood is the greatest boon offered to mankind by mother nature.

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