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The TURTLE-5K event to mark the end of the minor Embedded Systems

Thursday 21 January 2016 a closing ceremony was being organised for the minor Embedded Systems: the Turtle-5K event. Wim Hendriksen, of the lectorate Embedded Systems, was the initiator of the event. A group of 12 minor students have been working on the basis of the software for the Turtle-5K robot for half a year. "The students were very eager to show what they had achieved. The other Turtle-5K teams from the region, such as VDL RobotSports and ASML Falcons were also invited to exchange knowledge with us", says Wim Hendriksen.

From 17:00 on the guests were welcome in the open space at the 3rd floor. At 18:00 the meeting was officially opened. The teams subsequently presented themselves to the audience (Techunited, Fontys, Avans, VDL and ASML) and knowledge and experiences were exchanged. Afterwards there was a convivial closing with a few drinks.

The TURTLE-5K is a new robot that is being prepared for the RoboCup to defeat human FIFA-champions in the future In September 2015, Fontys Hogeschool ICT, Avans Hogescholen and the company ICT (ICT Automatisering Nederland B.V.) joined the already existing consortium of cooperating partners from the industry and education, which works together on the development of the new soccer robot.

This consortium was established in 2012 by ACE ingenieurs- & adviesbureau, VEDS Group and the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e) in order to develop an affordable soccer robot. Avans Hogescholen and Fontys Hogeschool ICT will further integrate the soccer robot into their ICT- and Mechatronica-educations in the following few years. The ICT company supervises the software-development.

The students will make sure that the TURTLE-5K-robot can move across the field in an elegant and fast way and that it can take penalties. The ultimate ambition of the project over the next few years is to teach a team of robots to play real soccer. Ever since 1997, the RoboCup federation has devoted itself to developing intelligent soccer robots that should be able to beat the current human FIFA champions in 2050.

Cooperation between academic institutions and the industry are of great added value when it comes to the quality of the education programs. Students are given the opportunity to come into contact with the industry through challenging projects and the industry can use new ideas and up-to-date knowledge to its advantage.

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