CRG was initiated in fall of 2008 considering the need of aligning our undergraduate
Electrical Engineering program with the demands of the today’s fast moving technological
and multidisciplinary era. Since then, CRG has actively participated in all the
major national events of robotics.
CRG participated in the largest robotics event of Pakistan known as National Engineering
Robotics Competition (NERC) for the first time in 2009. NERC is a joint venture
of STEM Careers and NUST. Among 105 teams from 35 institutes of Pakistan, teams
from CASE not only won the first position but also bagged the ‘second runners-up’
and the ‘best engineering design’ awards. It was indeed a great achievement for
CASE and CRG as winning while participating for the first time against much experienced
teams was tremendously motivating for all of us.
CRG charged up with the first big success carried on its plans of becoming a center
for excellence. Next year, CRG started to work on a unique robotic model which was
based on Shrimp Rover design. The project was funded by National Development Cell
(NDC). The robot known as ‘Ayaan Rover’ was equipped with fully autonomous navigation
and obstacle avoidance properties. Moreover, it could overcome a vertical step of
56cm which is highest in the world. The project won first position in NASCON 2010
NU-FAST and second position in EMCOT 2010 held at COMSATS Abbotabad. During the
same year, CRG was also able to defend its NERC title by claiming first position
and the ‘best engineering design award’ amongst 155 teams from 35 institutes. For
the first time an omni-directional robot was introduced in this competition. It
was the first line tracking Mecanum wheels based robot of Pakistan and claimed a
job completion time of 24.8 seconds which is a record.
CRG’s activities were not limited to national events in 2010. It expanded its operations
to the world’s most coveted line tracking competition – ABU ROBOCON. ABU ROBOCON
is the only line tracking competition in the world in which more than 20 Asia Pacific
countries compete to win the ultimate crown. Each country can only be represented
by only one team which is selected from a nation-wide qualification round. CASE
competed against the likes of EME College (NUST), PNEC (NUST) and GIKI, etc. and
won the first position in the national qualifying of ABU ROBOCON. Holding the Pakistani
flag high in Cairo, team from CASE won their match from a much experienced Indian
team. It was a source of great honor for us that we did so well in spite of being
so new at the competition.
CRG is persistent in 2011 as well. The ABU ROBOCON 2011 project was the most successful
chapter in history of CASE. This year again, we won the national qualifying by a
greater margin and the sophistication of design and implementation has seen its
new peak. We are committed to do even better in Bangkok, Thailand this year.