NERC 2011 Concludes on a High Note

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UPDATE NOTE:  The post has been updated to represent the correct facts about NERC 2011. The views expressed here are personal and are certainly not the mouthpiece of any institute, administration, group or participant of the competition.

What’s with NERC?

NERC is a National Engineering Robotics Competition.We have previously reported about the event at iRnustian here. Now the results are out and its time to revisit the post and declare the results. All feedback, comments and post event videos can be accessed at the NERC’s official facebook page. The entire photo gallery can be accessed here. All pictures appearing in this post are courtesy of the NERC official facebook page which holds the credits for them.

NERC is a brainchild of department of mechatronics, EME College and has been held consistently since 2003 in EME College, NUST. Over years the theme of competition has evolved: though it still involves design, development and programming of robots, the entire systems require expertise from different fields of engineering and the students working on such robots develop a wide skill set apart from the great experience of working on a multi-disciplinary systems team. Out of all competitions held at NUST, NERC has the strictest regimen. There are other engineering and design competitions which display the skills of participants through projects, yet these projects are often a part of some other coursework or the senior design projects. NERC maintains its unique identity of involving students in a constructive engineering design team which (more often than not) is not a mandatory part of their academics. Students work around the year spending their time, energy and monetary resources into this mega event. In the last week before the event everyone is literally on adrenaline rush with long sleepless work hours and tons of debugging of codes. All the participants of NERC will cherish those moments forever.

 

A brief history of the previous NERC events can be read at wiki site. In year 2003, 04, 06, 07, 08 the event was won by teams from EME College while team from Air University beat the winning streak of EME in year 2005. Recently, Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE) has been a winner of NERC in year 2009 and 10. This year College of EME participated with 22 teams, CASE participated with 8 teams , NED University 24 teams, and there were teams from GIKI, FAST, LUMS, UET Lahore, SEECS NUST  as well as universities from all over Pakistan(, including teams from the far-off areas of Baluchistan, NWFP, and rural Sind). It was such a great experience to see the young participants from institutions from all over Pakistan exhibiting national unity and harmony. The credit goes to the College of EME NUST, the Department of Mechatronics and its Head of the Department Dr Javed Iqbal.

Rules and Results Compilation

In NERC 2010 the performance by the robots from C@SE was outstanding. Some robots in the competition had a superior technology than the other competitors. The jury which  comprised of senior professors from reputed institutes (GIKI, UET etc.) proposed the administration to impose a regulation mandating an upper limit on the budget for each robot. Since all real world engineering projects follow the (triple) constraint of schedule, cost & quality, the recommendation was accepted by the administration of NERC competition (also announced on stage to put an upper cap of Rs. 70,000 was imposed). This regulation was also enforced to keep a check on the amount of resources required to win the competitions since the students from far off backgrounds can not match the resources and allocations of some universities in big cities.

This year CASE teams again outperformed other competitors by completing the designed task in minimal timings and won appreciation of the crowd as well as judges. However, as per the regulations of the competitions the jury found out that the overall budget of some of the robots exceeded the mandated limits. The cost breakdown did not match with the components used (as per original price). As a consequence of this violation some robots were disqualified. Due to these issues the administration of some institutes decided to forfeit their claims to prizes in the main category. Keeping aside some of the disqualification robots from C@SE did perform much better than others and  6/7 robots that completed the defined tasks were from CASE.

Three cheers for the winners

The final results of the competition are summarized below, as reported by The News.

At the end of the ceremony the chief guest Dr. Ansar Parvez, Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission gave away the prizes to the winning teams of the contest in the following categories:

Winner NERC 2011 Shield with cash prize of Rs80,000 was awarded to Virtuoso (SEECS, NUST),

1st Runner up NERC 2011 Shield with cash prize of Rs50,000 was awarded to Line Cruser Returns (University of Lahore),

2nd Runner up NERC 2011 Shield with cash prize of Rs40,000 was awarded to Box Hunter (Bahria University),

2 x Best Engineering Excellence Awards were given to the team M6 from College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering and Infinity from CASE,

3 x Best Engineering Design Award with cash prize of Rs30,000 each was awarded to Nuts & Volts (NED, Karachi), Mechatron (Wah Engineering College), MUET boy (MUET, Jamshoro),

Winner NERC 2011 Lego Award with cash prize of Rs25,000 was shared by Agent 47 (Beacon house Educational Complex) and Appache786 (Army Public School E & ME),

1st Runner up NERC 2011 Lego Award with cash prize of Rs15,000 was awarded to Balistic Catapult (Beacon House Educational Complex),

2nd Runner up NERC 2011 Lego Award with cash prize of Rs10,000 was awarded to Lego Baba and Captain Jack Sparrow,

Youngest participants Award with cash prize of Rs5,000 was awarded to Fayed Arshad of 6th class in Headstart School,

5 x Participants & Performance Awards (Less NUST Students) Rs15,000 each to Legomegatron (Headstart School), Infiltrator (FG Sir Syed College), Kratos (SEECS, NUST), Botzilla (NED University), The Quest Small boy (Quaid-i-Azam University of Engineering, Nawabshah),

Spirit of Participation Award was awarded to Baluchistan Institute of IT, Engineering and Management sciences.

 

Department of Mechatronics at E&ME, NUST

College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering offers a very competitive program in mechatronics engineering which is a specialized major in itself. This program was amongst the pioneers of  this field in Pakistan and other labs/programs at many other universities followed afterwards. Statistics of placement for the program at E&ME are a clear proof of the popularity of this program in industry. Engineers from this department take up various positions in almost all industrial sectors of Pakistan. This success is ofcourse a fruit of the untiring efforts of the faculty and the founding directors of this program who took a faith of leap to introduce a new field of engineering at bachelors level which had yet to establish its niche.

 

Mechatronics department of E&ME College encourages industrial partnerships in the senior design projects of the students and several projects have now culminated into formal research labs with dedicated research engineers as well as final year students. Teams from E&ME College have represented Pakistan more than once at the international events of robotics e.g. ROBOCON.

NERC was an effort by the college of E&ME to promote robotics in Pakistan through healthy and theme based competitions. Scores of teams from E&ME participate in this event every year. Department of Mechatronics Engineering was able to build on the experiences of students in NERC to delve into much more complex and often under-acknowledged projects such as aerial robotics (UAV autopilot systems), underwater robots (Unmanned ground vehicle research lab), unmanned ground vehicles for military and non-military uses (including bomb disposal) and widely cited and highly prized project of Myo-Electric Prosthetic Limb.

C@SE Robotics Group

The robotics group at C@SE has patroned several student teams in robotics competitions including NERC. This year, CASE Robotics Team is also selected to participate in the most prestigious international competition ROBOCON to be held in Bangkok. CASE team is holding the national color so we all pray for their success, given the performance of teams in NERC we hope that it will perform with best of its abilities to bring laurels to Pakistan. Last year, team from CASE also represented Pakistan after beating all the local contestants as well as Indian teams in the competition.

As reported by CASE’s official  page:

CASE and CARE offer a unique environment where academia and industry co exist. Last year the two institutions made history on national scene by winning 5 Pasha ICT awards. CARE also made history by winning 3 APICTA ICT Merit Awards in Malaysia while competing with best ICT products from courtiers like Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia etc. CARE is rendering engineering services to several organizations in Pakistan executing on challenging projects worth millions of US dollars. CARE has also won international projects while competing with the very best that the world has to offer.

NERC is pride of NUST

We at iRnustian are totally proud of the fact that such a national event of great reputation is a legacy of NUST which invites fierce competition from all over the Pakistan. We wish everyone the best of luck with their competition in 2012. We would also invite students from all disciplines of NUST to participate in this competition and formulate cross disciplinary teams to make the best out of it. As an alumnus of NUST, i can relate that the experience of NERC is a very close simulation of teamwork in real industry. Students may find a great use of their time during summer break 2012 to team up for the NERC 2012.

We wish luck to all the participants of NERC and would like the NUSTians to fight back to win the trophy back home next year. Competitions like NERC do display the skills of teams from various schools however this is not the only metric of gauging the quality of education at that institute in robotics and/or control systems.

He is an alumnus of NUST (CEME, Electrical) 2009 Batch and Cornell University (M.Eng Systems Engineering) Class of 2011. Uzair has been an active member of student societies and EME Alumni Association. He was the co-founder of EME Environment Club and Society of ICTs (at EME College). During his undergrad he has been a correspondent of the EME college's fortnightly magazine 'campbuzz' and currently he is on the editorial panel of the EME Alumni Newsletter. Uzair is also an alumnus of ITU Telecom Asia Youth Forum (2008, Bangkok) and a proud NUSTian, who represented Pakistan at the forum. After the forum, he has been working with the youth around the globe to build a human network (h-network.org). He has also been blogging for ITU (UN's sister organization) on school and community connectivity through ICTs. He is also a Project Manager at Possibilities Pakistan (a platform for Pakistani youth to discuss study abroad prospects). He can be reached at ms2346(at)cornell(.)edu

46 Comments to NERC 2011 Concludes on a High Note

  1. Taimoor Tanweer

    Mashallah…a unique example by both the institutions at this platform.By sacrificing their awards to other universities, i hope the morale of other universities rose up to the skies, so that in next year's NERC these perform extra ordinarily..Thanks to ALLAH who blessed us with such a marvelous achievement.

  2. Alamdar Khan

    Dear Uzair,

    Please get your facts straight when you are writing about NUST-EME, and being the alumnus of College of E&ME, as you are bragging about it, does not permit you to offer remarks that have currently no baseline.

    You should also change the title of this article-cum-CASE-marketing thing to 'CASE: I wish i was your part'. Read the title once again and try getting what you are writing.

    A totally rubbish article based on facts that don't even exist!

    • Poor Uzair ,
      Why do you all nustian get hot by Name of CASE.
      Can I know why CASE representing Pakistan at ROBOCON not……NUST…..????

  3. Dear Sir Alamdar Khan

    I beg to differ. I do not wish to be a graduate of C@SE by writing a post. I'm proud to be an alumnus of NUST.

    I'll be glad to know about the factual mistakes in this article and also if you could provide me with your contact id (one used here bounces back).

  4. Maria Naz

    Well im proud being a graduate of NUST and defiantly proud being a post grad student at C@SE university Islamabad. As everyone knows what happened their at NERC'11, i think both the institutions are doing positive thing in promoting talent in the field of robotics and practical education. So instead feeling jealous from the new emerging institute like C@SE, be practical instead of showing Kiddish attitude,struggle hard to get your cup back home.

  5. Zaheer Ahmad

    Dear All

    I dont belong to EME NUST or CASE but i think kids from both the institutes got potential! thumbs up for the faculty and supervisors with such an excellent show of technical expertise in the field of robotics really SUPERB performances shown by the students of all the participating institutes. Best Wishes for all of you…

  6. Nauman Naseer

    Dear Uzair ! firstly , in 2005 Air University won the competition , not FAST , secondly , it seems that you really dont have any idea of what happened in this years NERC , these are, of course, not the facts .

    its not about EME or CASE , i mean case is doing great work , mansoor was my class fellow in EME college , he is really doing great work and their CASE ROBOTICS GROUP (CRG) is really going great gums in NERC , ROBOCON and many other projects and I really appreciate it but the above article is not based on the true facts , this is not what happened there this time

  7. Naila Durani

    The FACT as far i've seen C@SE and EME devoid themselves from the main category so the awards were handed over to 1. NUST (SEECS), 2. University of Lahore, 3. Bahria University

    So over all there were only 6-7 robots that were able to perform the task completely, which was done by robots of CASE and EME only, if we rank them than 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th goes to C@SE and 2nd goes to EME. So i dont think so that their are any factual mistakes in the article rather than NERC'05 was taken by Air University not FAST.

  8. Dear Sir Nauman and Ms. Naila. Thanks for the correction about air university, its been fixed.

    Sir Nauman

    Like i mentioned before please point out the factual mistakes i will be glad to rectify them. Ofcourse i was not present at the event this year and did not witness it. The information here is adapted from reliable sources inside EME college. There can be a bias in narration due to the perspective of the source but the only means for me to correct is if someone points it out. I've tried reaching out to other sources as well but never really got replies from them.

  9. Saman Javed

    @ Nauman:

    I do not see any misquotes in the published report.

    The best robot of the competition was Infinity from CASE as in the following video: (time: a little less than 38seconds)


    The second best robot was M6 from EME College, NUST. Time: A little less than 40 seconds
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/video/video.ph

    The third best robot of the evening was Mac Frenzy from CASE which completed the task in its first try in 49 seconds


    Fourth best robot was Firebolt from CASE, completed the task in first retry:
    http://www.facebook.com/v/1694​92843117883

    Fifth best was Phenom from CASE scoring 135/145 points, Sixth best was Unexpected from CASE scoring the same points.

    No other team completed the track that day.

      • Noman Ahmad

        Please dont share such links which dont have anything to do with the topic!! stay focused thankx!!

        • Saman Javed

          This was my actual post that you could not see:

          @ Nauman:

          I do not see any misquotes in the published report.

          The best robot of the competition was Infinity from CASE as in the following video: (time: a little less than 38seconds)



          • Noman Ahmad

            Dear Saman,

            We know that already yaar we have seen all footage of EME and CASE robotic performances and they are awesome if you can just proceed with the topic instead sharing the footage back again…

          • Noman Ahmad

            Well as many of the mates mentioned above that their are no FACTUAL mistakes in the article!! Secondly if there are than the people who are criticizing should point the mistake out even the author Mr. Uzair repeated the same thing to point out the mistakes!! We all know what really happened and corrections have been made so that was all!!

          • Mustafa Khan

            Well one thing i would like to mention though Sir Mansur is heading the CASE Robotic Group with remarkable success so far , but the credit goes to the whole TEAM working under Umberalla of CASE University,to all the researchers and to all the professors as well, and to all under executive committee of CRG.

          • Ibtisam Khalid

            And if you remember Mustafa how does that all started??? when Farhan Mehmood Butt asked Sir Mansur during our 06'fifth semester that why cant we compete NUST?????? That simple question laid the foundation that finally resulted in CRG And than it happened during our 06'6th smester making a History for the first time ever at fifth NERC cant forget that really!!

          • Capt. Salman

            I really appreciate your effort guys i personally thought; that being a Nustian we are invincible and though you people proved with your efforts! and truly beating EME's Mechatronics aint that easy and secondly a great honor that would always be remembered…I think everyone should admit that fact and i've no regrets saying C@SE Electricals really Rocks…..

  10. Saman Javed

    Moreover, EME and CASE both withdrew from the main category due to their total domination of the competition for the last few years. Gesture was to encourage other universities to do better in future by sacrificing their prize money and awards.

    Its not a war between CASE and EME. Please note the positive gesture by the CASE students towards EME thanking them and praising them for giving them the opportunity of participating in this mega-event. EME students also reciprocated the same way during the competition.

  11. Saman Javed

    The third best robot of the evening was Mac Frenzy from CASE which completed the task in its first try in 49 seconds



  12. Saman Javed

    @ Noman Ahmad:

    My posts are to the point as all discussion in this thread questions the claims made by the author. Now if someone says its still misquoted, then please provide video of a robot doing better than these on the final day of NERC.

  13. I personally think that it's the most energetic article i read so far at irnustian. I being the faculty member of most reputable institutes of the nation i couldn't fine any bogus or misquotes in the article. I personally feels proud to have such talented people around here and i know one day Inshallah we will see a bright Pakistan ahead of us!! We will show the world who we are and what we are capable of! And such GREAT competitions are first step towards the success!! It doesnt matter weather you are NUSTIAN or CASIAN but you are PAKISTAN! So carry on with the efforts..

    Alumni LUMS Pakistan

  14. Umair Rasheed

    Dear all,

    I just want to make a clarification for all.

    I being a part of the fire bolt team in 2010 am tired of telling people that meccnum wheels were not worth more than 17 thousand (24,000 if shipping is included, not 40,000), and the original invoice was presented this year as a reference.

    And really, competitions like NERC are there to promote technology and innovations.

    This year EME has done a great job by introducing a new category and INSHALLAH students putting their full potential for the whole year will not be criticized to have won the competition merely by money .

  15. correction: 4 of the 6 robots from C@SE was choosen for disqualification but two ROBOTS were still allowed to compete.

    if competed those two could have easily won the NERC2011 keeping in view the disqualfication of M6 from EME.

    So, you got to admire the C@SE sacrifise for the promotion of robotics in Pakistan.

  16. correction: 4 of the 6 robots from C@SE was choosen for disqualification but two ROBOTS were still allowed to compete.

    if competed they could have easily won the NERC2011 keeping in view the disqualfication of M6 from EME.

    So, you got to admire the C@SE sacrifise for the promotion of robotics in Pakistan.

  17. Zil-e-Huma

    Asalam o Alaikum.

    I would hereby like to submit that we should all agree and admit the fact that C@SE has performed tremendously this year again MashAllah. And this is the time to promote good relationship between CASE and EME. The seven robots that completed the task were from CASE and EME. We all need not to criticize the reality and the facts.

    And if someone still really wants to make the disqualification a point then it should be made clear that even if some of the teams from CASE were disqualified even then CASE would have owned the show because each and every robot was awesome MashAllah and reflected a high level of hard work of the students. The students of CASE worked really hard for NERC 2009, 2010, 2011 under tremendous supervision of Mr. Mansoor Shaukat. And all their efforts were fruitful by grace of Allah. All the CASIANS are proud to be CASIANS. And as the price is concerned it should be made clear that price was not that high as presented at several places. The cost of the robots was within the financial upper cap as the students were well aware of that constraint. The invoice provided this year was the proof itself.

    The whole year effort made by the students should be admired, instead of making the money a point. Only hard work and dedication towards work can make the success possible, and nothing else should be made responsible for the victory.

  18. I really appreciate case work but truly speaking i've seen so many articles every where i saw a gesture of promotion(marketing) of the institution,as most of the comments over here are also from the students of that institute, make me feel good also people from other institutions love to come on our pages,…….

    but please let students to compete in nerc and robocon, dont make groups in your institutions(headed by eminents) particularly focusing on these events, got this gesture from the students of that institute, everyone giving credit to single personality as if it wasn't possible without him……

    • Well i think that you will find most of the Casians here on this page; as this article is being promoted alot by us with tweets, facebook and many other social networks and obviously we will certainly do because there is nothing to do with marketing, its just we are happy and there's nothing wrong with people's way of expression!!

      And obviously the idea was provoked by that single personality you are talking about. There are many of you talking bad over social networks giving a clear cut sigh of Jealousy! Their are many to admire us as well, because you know what supervisors do they dont have time to build, design, test, troubleshoot your projects! But they do provide the right directions!! and we dont need to explain that to eminents! Or you can also say we are being taught by NUST's great professors such as Dr. Farrukh, Dr. Shoaib, Dr. Saeed and may others and we are proud being there PRODUCTS, if we couldnt get to EME than we all having it here at CASE Mashallah!!

      • @Sheikh thats right you should check case faculty first! We've been trained by the same faculty dears

      • ka mannn i believe in one thing that once you do nice and you are satisfied with that than you really not need to bother upon that who is jealous and who is not admiring your and who is talking bad………

        and you really bother upon these issues,on almost every social network trying to convince others on your performance.

        Self Satisfaction is the only thing which makes someone stop bothering.

        🙂 goodluck

        • Jawad Ahmed

          lol good answer by the way there's alot of difference in your previous and current statement though….

          The world is convinced man whole hell of a media is there , but you guys will never be coz only u people are talking these things instead of admitting the fact :D….

          So dont feel jealous by the way, and we will have some nice competitions ahead of us…

          All the Best 🙂

          • Hibba Munir

            Please guys grow up…you all have a sort of immature behavior like kids do…and probably your age factor! its good that you people are aggressive about your respective institutes and Mr. Sheikh is rite let people say what so ever the thing you did will always be written there…if u are feeling happy than others do have rite to express that by positive or a negative way…chill out as soon you people will graduate that all will feel like minor stuff, be professional!!!!!

          • @Mr.jawad man world is convinced, media was there but you still give importance to what we say,…….

            your satisfaction is all upon in our hands i guess that is why you are still bothering. lolz 🙂

            dear once you'll be satisfied difference will also occur in your statement.. 😀

    • Well we are the students of that institute…so where did you get your self made gesture :-P….and by the way which groups are headed by eminents? I being a current student there have been studying quiet a while and i dont know a damn about that funny isn't it :-D…

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