ACT Engineering students win Second Prize – GCC Robotics Challenge 2017, Oman Round

The GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Robotics Competition is aimed to encourage undergraduate students and young professionals across the GCC Countries to build an innovative robust robot and compete in a pre-designed arena with space and time constraints, utilizing their academic knowledge and technical skills. The GCC Robotics competition is sponsored and organized by IET and IEEE, which are the largest professional engineering institutions.


Local rounds are to be held in each GCC country and the final round will take place in Qatar. Local round in Oman was held in Sultan Qaboos University on March 20, 2017.

ACT team ‘ZILZAL’ won the Second prize while the First prize was bagged by Sultan Qaboos University. Both teams are now qualified to represent our country in the final round in Qatar on April 29, 2017.

ACT ‘ZILZAL’ team includes the following members (students):

  1. Yaseen Ghabish Ghsham Al-Misheifri (AD-CE),
  2. Mahmood Said Juma Al-Falahi (BTECH-CEE),
  3. Thuraya Salim Mohammed Al Sulaimi (AD-CE),
  4. Ghareeb Jameel Obaid Al Muhairzi (BTECH-ECE) and
  5. Qais Said Abdullah Al Buwaiqi (BTECH-ECE).

 The team was guided and coached by Ms. S.V.Tresa Sangeetha (Prime mentor), Ms. Rahila N Gadi (Supporting Mentor) and Instructor, Mr. Kanagaraj.

 There are 6 different rounds with different tasks to be performed by the robot which include both Remote-controlled and Autonomous rounds.

In the Autonomous round, the robots are programmed to execute the following tasks independently:

  • Follow various straight, curved and discontinued lines and avoid obstacles based on their colour
  • Pass through a maze with no line to follow and take turns depending on different colour sign boards.
  • Fight with an opponent robot and push out of a circular arena.

 In the Remote-controlled round, the team needs to remotely control the robot to do the following tasks:

  • Grasp, hold and upload barrels of varying weight onto a tanker and push a button to send the tanker to its destination
  • Grasp hanging balls and drop in designated positions in a sloped terrain
  • Kick a ball to reach a football goal.

Our students were trained to work on VEX Robotic kit for this competition. They were guided to design the chassis according to the specification given in the rules. They learnt programming on Vex kit and were able to quickly change both the chassis design and program within the short time interval between rounds.

It was a great learning experience, both on hardware and software and our students performed with good presence of mind, smartness and team coordination during the competition and won the prize.