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UNILAG Holds Maiden Robotics Competition

Senate Building of University of Lagos (UNILAG). Photo: Campus Tori
 Senate Building of University of Lagos (UNILAG). Photo: Campus Tori

The University of Lagos (UNILAG), according to the Nation News, has held its maiden Robotics competition which attracted participants from various departments of the university.
According to the Nations News, it was the first of its kind and participants only came from the institution.

The Robotics competition which was organized by the Computer Science Department of the University of Lagos was an eye opener of sorts and was held at the Jelili Omotola Hall of the university.

Dr. Chika Yinka-Banjo, the coordinator of the competition, said the competition generated wide interest and the institution got more than the entrants it wanted.

“For this competition, we wanted ten teams, 21 applied. It was massive. You can see that the passion is so much. We had to screen; we had to review their design, checked before we could select the participants.
“A lot wanted to participate but because of funding we could not take them all because UNILAG had to get sponsors to buy these equipment for them, to buy the equipment they coupled. We eventually got a sponsor that financed the cash prizes,” she stated.

The competition featured a display of humanoids (robots with human form) playing football. Some students hacked the humanoids and reprogram them to be autonomous and to move on their own.

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A panel of four assessors, Prof. Ayo Oyediran, Dr. Fashina Ebun, Prof. Abiodun Musa-Aibinu and Dr. Sunday Adetona were the judges of the Robotics competition.
The winner of the completion went home with N150,000, the 1st runner up went home with N50,000 while the 2nd runner up went home with N30,000.

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