Engineering Design Challenge 2.0
Engineering Design Challenge (EDC) is a regional university-level engineering competition. It was launched for the first time in the American University of Beirut by the AUB Robotics Club in 2015. This year, EDC 2.0 is coming back with a new exciting theme: Drive Smarter.
EDC 2.0 welcomes students from all majors and universities to participate. Form teams of 2-5 players to compete and have the chance to win a grand prize of $1500 for first place, and $1000 & $500 for second and third place respectively. No specific platform is required in order to reduce implementation costs for participating teams.
Engineering education in the region’s universities lacks good practical experience; many engineers graduate without having the chance to apply or implement concepts in their fields. Moreover, problem solving skills and self-learning aren’t always expressed in the traditional style of university education. In order for industrial growth and technical innovation to boom, there is a need for more hands on experience for students.
EDC tries to offer this practical experience to yield confident engineers, who can connect dots between what is offered in courses and what is useful, and who are not afraid to learn something new on their own and further their skills. EDC’s main goal is educational; students are able to better understand what they learn once they get the opportunity to apply it. The competitive spirit of EDC encourages university students to work independently and research new concepts, integrating fun into the learning process, which makes for a more involved university experience.
EDC is the first competition in the MENA region that deeply tackles university-level engineering concepts such as control theory models, machine learning techniques, navigation systems, computer vision, and other concepts in mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. In the future, EDC will grow to focus on more tasks from various engineering disciplines.
Due to the growing demand and focus on self-driving autonomous cars in the industry, challenging undergraduate students to create a prototype of a smart car would give them the basic tools needed for a bright future in the industry.
The challenge this year is to design and build small self-driving cars, that can compete in two games; Driving Test and Shawarma Express. To win the games, cars are expected to use sensors and control concepts to be able to operate reliably without human interaction. The games are described in detail in the documents below.
AUB Robotics Club is offering workshops on the basic tools needed to help in developing your autonomous car. The Workshop schedule is linked below.
Excited? Well, there’s more. CNCLab are offering a special sponsorship discount to all participating teams and the first 15 teams get a FREE Electronic Platform! Note that a required $10 participation fee per participant should be paid at a later stage, mainly to cover services expenses per person on the challenge day.
- Competition overview
- Rules and game description – Updated Sept. 24, 2016
- Communication format – Added Dec 9, 2016
- Safety regulations
- Scoring sheet
- Technical judging outline
- King of Speed regulations – Added Feb 10., 2017
- Field drawings
- 3D field drawings – Added Sept. 29, 2016
- Field drawings for printing – Added Jan. 7, 2017
- Workshop timeline – Added Sept. 24, 2016