PUNE: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) robotics and unmanned systems exposition (DRUSE), a national-level robotics competition, will be held at the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) near Khadakwasla Lake, on May 24 and 25.
The competition focuses on generating innovative, disruptive ideas and novel concepts for the development of robotics and unmanned systems for some of the challenging operational requirements and needs of Indian Armed Forces. The competition has been organised to promote robotic and unmanned systems activity within the country amongst the student community.
DRUSE was sanctioned on September 8, 2017, with six zones identified for zonal level competition and one final national level competition among the zonal winners.
To publicise the event nation-wide, a DRUSE website was created elaborating the following 13 themes related to the defence applications including mountain climbing robot, soldier assistance vehicle, surveillance of a ship, robotic assistive device for Divyang (specially abled) persons.
A total of 1,088 proposals were received. Each submitted proposal was checked for validity and plagiarism and technically evaluated by three independent evaluators before being screened by 1st level evaluation screening committee.
Based on the above, the zone-wise proposals qualified for the 2nd level screening were 30 proposals came from each zone. Then, 162 teams qualified for the 2nd level of screening.
The zonal competition i.e. 2nd level of screening was conducted at six zonal centres between March 26 to April 9 (at Bengaluru, Pune, Guwahati, Jodhpur, New Delhi & Kolkata). The evaluation of all six zones has been completed and 30 teams have qualified for the national level competition with five teams from each zone. The results of the 2nd level of screening were announced on April 16.
At the national level DRUSE exposition on May 24 at DIAT, 30 teams (five from each zone) who have qualified for the final, will participate. The teams will showcase their work by either chart explaining concepts or solid models on computer or working prototypes of the systems designed as per their choice. The top three teams or winners will be announced on May 25 and awarded by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.