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Microcosm ‘09

By Sir Caustic On March - 30 - 2009 ADD COMMENTS

MicrocosmDid you ever witness a multitude of robots scoring goals on a simulated soccer field? Have you ever seen a simple bot bursting balloons while maneuvering through intricate tracks? How about even witnessing a war of machines coming to life? What if we told you that all you had to do to witness all the action was just to be at MICROCOSM in MGIT on 20th and 21st of March?

Justifying the tagline – ‘A world in miniature’, oodles of spirited students descended to MGIT for Microcosm ’09, a technical fest organized by the ECE dept. of MGIT. They were all welcomed by a vibrant rangoli at the entrance of the main block.

‘Pok-em-on’ (pun intended), though not even remotely related to the popular cartoon show of the same name, was apparently the major crowd puller.. The website of Microcosm described the event as, ‘an elementary event, where the bot, tied with a needle, must pierce the maximum balloons in the least possible time’. The participants were in for a shock when they got to see the circuit which was nothing less than that of an obstacle course. Apart from piercing the balloons, the robots had to steer clear of the gravel, veer frequently due to the sharp bends and manage to cross the speed-breakers. That the event surpassed all expectations, is an understatement, with over twenty teams participating in the same.

‘Robo soccer’, another major attraction, was as close to human soccer as it was possible, with there being shoot outs and

Pok-em-on. Credit: Sir Caustic

Pok-em-on. Credit: Sir Caustic

a halftime. The only difference was its being a one-on-one instead of an ‘eleven-on-eleven’ game. Though ‘Line follower’ is a familiar event to many, the unanticipated complexity of the track in the last round ensured that only a perfectly programmed bot would emerge as the winner. In this context, it is interesting to note that the robot made by Sai Krishna, won by an enviable margin of 128 seconds over the robot which stood 2nd. ‘Robo wars’, as the name suggests, served as a battle ground for the plethora of mean machines which flipped, tossed, pushed and pulled each other on their way to victory. A substantial amount of people gathered at the venue to witness the action and they were no way disappointed.

The topic for Paper Presentations were – artificial intelligence, embedded systems, digital signal processing, microwave & radar, cellular mobile communications, fiber optic communications, satellite communications, nano technology and biometrics. 75 papers were shortlisted out of nearly 600 entries for the event. It is worthy of a mention as there are very few fests that can boast of such a great participation. A host of projects were on display of which the ‘Mobile Bug’ and ‘Moisture detector’ were the cynosure of all eyes.

It can be said without a doubt that Microcosm ‘09 vanquished its counterparts this year in many aspects. The inclusion of ‘Robomania’, a set of events for robots was another reason for the overwhelming response that Microcosm ’09 received. Sai Krishna who was the brain behind all the robotics events is worthy of a lot of credit. The promotion team also played a key role in the success of the fest. “Mr. S.P. Singh (convener, Microcosm ‘09) who looked into every detail, was instrumental in making it a successful event”, said Phani Kiran who was an organizer for one of the events in the fest. All the other organizers echoed his opinion.

Robo soccer. Credit: Sir Caustic

Robo soccer. Credit: Sir Caustic

“Everything right from the lineup of events to the organization and hospitality was nearly perfect. I was very happy with the arrangements made. I can’t wait to come and participate in Microcosm the next year, which, I’m sure would set new standards”, said Hari Krishna Reddy, a student of Vasavi College of Engineering. Varun of Sreenidhi institute of science and technology, seconded his view.

Backing the adage ‘all’s well that ends well’, the success party thrown to the organizers of Microcosm who were instrumental in making it a very successful event, was an ostentatious affair.

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