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Spotlight on robots at kurukshetra'09

The annual international level techno- management festival, Kurukshetra, organised by the students of College of Engineering (CEG), Anna University, is here.

CEG and Vestas India will organise Kuruksehtra-09, a myriad of events from January 21 to 24, 2009, with a range of events, contests, lots of prize money and other exciting prizes.

Robotics, as has been in previous editions, will be in the spotlight in this edition of Kurukshetra, too. The robotics event has a nationwide prelims `XCEED', which is to be held at all major cities across the country. The first phase of XCEED with three daunting tasks namely the Line Tracer, Robot Soccer and Contraptions begins on January 10 at IIT, Pune and January 12 at RV College of Engineering, Bangalore.

Robotics has competitions designed to individually test efficiency in electrical, mechanical design, innovation and optimisation. `The road not taken' requires participants to build automated robots with on-board cameras which can guide itself through an intricate maze of roads in a virtual city.

Robot Soccer is sure to be the crowd puller as these players with the nerves of steel try to outsmart their counterparts in the battle for their ultimate prize - the `Robocup'.

The traditional line follower now extends to a robot that can find its way through the `Micro Maze'. It is heyday for the designer to exhibit their talents in designing a boat that can sail through troubled waters in `The Designer's Quest.'

In addition to technical and management events, Kurukshetra is packed with numerous on-spot and online events. A key to be watched is the `Vestas Innovation Challenge' which is expected to be a challenge for the engineering minds. Log on to www.kurukshetra. org for more details.

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