NCKU Robots Win Big in Global Competition

The incorporation of skills created by robot design is crucial to the development of industry, according to Li.

TAINAN, Taiwan--A Tainan-based research team of student and staff from the aiRobots Laboratory at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) won 2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze medals, including the All-round Championship in the 2014 FIRA RoboWorld Cup on adult-sized humanoid robotics, the university announced recently.


This was the consecutive honor of championship in the same competition following last year. The NCKU team also received a gold medal on small-sized humanoid robotics in basketball contest.

The aiRobots Laboratory at NCKU led by electrical engineering professor Tzuu-hseng Li has won many domestic awards as well as international ones, especially in the FIRA RoboWorld Cup.

Prof. Li revealed, both adult-sized and small-sized robots won the All-round Runner-up in 2012, and the adult-sized robot was the Championship last year.

NCKU aiRobots Laboratory participated in the FIRA RoboWorld Cup starting 2005, aiming to improve the balance and precision of the robot's hands, eyes and feet and its steps and speed, according to Prof. Li.

He also pointed out that to compete in this year's contest, the function of thumb is added, allowing the robot to hook and catch, and it enhances the knees' agilities too.

He said, designing and researching on robots involve interdisciplinary cooperation.

The movements of robots have to depend on delicate motors; a robot alone uses up to 24-25 motors. The balance of a robot's hands, eyes and feet and other subtle control require the help of information, computer and technology as well as software design.

The incorporation of skills created by robot design is crucial to the development of industry, according to Li.

Featured Product

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004" allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations. Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in 2009, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.