ET Robocon: A Software Design Robot Contest for Educating Embedded Systems Engineers

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Takao Futagami
Toru Shimizu
Mitsuyuki Hoshi
Jiro Tanahashi
Yasuhide Kobayashi
Noboru Watanabe
Takashi Yukawa
Hiroyuki Watanabe
Yoshiki Watanabe
Hideo Makino


The ET Robocon (ET software design robot contest) was established in 2005, with the aim of educating embedded software engineers. While most contests of this type tend to focus on hardware development, ET Robocon is centered on the software. Participants compete with one another to model and implement technologies used in robot control. The robots are constructed using the LEGO® Mindstorms® kit, and run autonomously. Software design, maneuverability and running performance are evaluated. To further encourage the creative spirits of embedded systems engineers, we added a new category, “Architect”, in 2013. The contest was opened to the public, and streamed live via the Internet. In this paper, the contest details and examination methodology are described, followed by a discussion of the survey-results. We confirmed improvements in each participant’s modeling technology, clearly indicating the usefulness of project-based learning (PBL).


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