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IUPUI Team Takes Second Place at agBOT Challenge 2018

May 23, 2018

A team of students from IUPUI’s School of Engineering and Technology earned a second-place finish and $10,000 at agBOT Challenge 2018, which was held May 17-19 at Gerrish Farms in Rockville, IN. With a field of 11 teams, the IUPUI team tied with the team from Purdue University, West Lafayette; Nexus Robotics of Nova Scotia, Canada, won the championship title, along with $30,000.

The agBOT Challenge is a series of competitions designed to encourage innovation in robotics and agriculture. Individuals, teams, universities, entrepreneurs, and farmers from across the globe are challenged to build autonomous vehicles capable of performing agricultural tasks in the fields. IUPUI teams have finished fourth in the Weed & Feed competition in the last two years of the competition.
Members of the IUPUI agBOT team in Rockville, IN (May 18, 2018). From left to right: Aniket Shimpi, Sayem Khan, Harsha Nimmala, Arjun Ambasana, Dr. Andres Tovar, Dr. Sohel Anwar, Sohin Shah, Mounir Karmada, Shalem Shelke, Aarthi Ilangovan, Adish Anandkumar, Kathryn Schmahl.
Members of the IUPUI agBOT team in Rockville, IN (May 18, 2018). From left to right: Aniket Shimpi, Sayem Khan, Harsha Nimmala, Arjun Ambasana, Dr. Andres Tovar, Dr. Sohel Anwar, Sohin Shah, Mounir Karmada, Shalem Shelke, Aarthi Ilangovan, Adish Anandkumar, Kathryn Schmahl.
 
“After more than three years of hard work, we are all so excited to have placed second in the 2018 agBot Challenge,” said Dr. Andres Tovar, associate professor, Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering. “This year, our student team developed a new driverless robot for the competition – a retrofitted Yamaha Wolverine ATV. The team’s dedicated efforts really paid off.” 
 
The team, comprised of mechanical, electrical engineering, and computer science students, created a driverless robot that identifies and eradicates three types of weeds in corn fields with a minimal amount of herbicides or by mechanically removing them. They demonstrated innovations capable of autonomously moving through the fields to identify plant health with detection algorithms and eradication of weeds.
 
“This project gives students the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom as well as interact with students from other disciplines,” said Dr. Sohel Anwar, associate professor, Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering. “An additional benefit is the positive societal impact as they apply their knowledge of robotics for solutions to agricultural problems.”
 
In addition to Dr. Anwar and Dr. Tovar, Dr. John Lee, associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Mohammad Al-Hasan, associate professor of Computer and Information Science, and IUPUI alumnus Tim Allen, of A&R Erectors, Inc., assisted students with the project.