Text: Ian Wan, Team Leader 2015/16
CityU ROV (Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle) Team
We started with nothing but curiosity to drive us. We built up our knowledge from scratch and, step-by-step, we combined everything we had picked up from our classes on computer programming and printed circuit board design to build our very own robot.
Our target this year is to reach the final of the 2016 MATE International ROV Competition at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Texas, US. Having entered two competitions before, I have experienced the joy of reaching the final round of an international competition, and the pride at seeing the Hong Kong SAR flag flying on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.
I have also experienced disappointment when a new robot design failed right at the last moment, and felt upset for everyone on the team. However, as team captain, I want to say that losing is not the same as failure. We never come away unrewarded from competitions. We gain experience and learn valuable lessons. If you put in the effort, you always come out a winner, and you can scale new heights. For example, I had the chance recently to work with the incubator scheme at the CityU Chengdu Research Institute to develop a new industrial-level underwater robot. Our project became the only Hong Kong initiative to reach the final round of the 2nd Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition of University Students of Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The project got the second-class prize in the category of teams.
To help our team successful, we purchased simple underwater robots with open source codes (OpenROV) that can be used for improvement and modification. Also, we recruited many new members and held workshops where the senior members of the team could pass on tips and experience to improve the overall performance of the team.
The ups and downs on my journey becomes my motivation to persist . To have the taste of success one day, I always bear in mind the saying, “Stand up from exactly where you fell.”
[Caption] The team reached the final round of MATE International ROV Competition 2014 in Michigan, US.
Full Reading: CityUtoday Issue No. 49 http://www6.cityu.edu.hk/puo/newscentre/publication/ctmag_index.html