The competition will take place in May 2017.
Sign-ups for the competition will begin in January 2017.
The Grand PrIEEE competition (formerly Viacar) involves following a track consisting of a wire carrying a 100mA rms 75kHz sinusoidal signal taped to the floor. Both the wire and the white tape provide opportunities to track the course, typically via either induction or computer vision. Given that the typical hobbyist remote control car today can achieve significant speed, this makes the ability to optimize a tracking algorithm critical to success. Feeling up to the challenge? Stay tuned for more information as the competition draws closer!
Annual project applications have closed. Please check in next year in Fall Quarter for our next round of projects.
Every year, IEEE [at] UCSD sponsors approximately ten UCSD-based teams to attend its competition. Applicants are put in teams of five and go through the process of designing, fabricating, testing and competing with their autonomous car. Along the way, participants will learn collaboration and research skills that come with team-based projects while being able to apply their academic knowledge in a competitive environment. At the end of the project, the team has access to their team website and live demos of their robot, allowing them to show off their work to impress both recruiters and friends.