Barunastra team from the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) has once again emerged as champions at the 2023 International Roboboat Competition (IRC), March 22-28, 2023, in Sarasota, Florida. With their cutting-edge vessel named Nala Proteus, the team outperformed 24 universities from across the globe, including the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to claim the top spot for the fifth consecutive year.
IRC is an esteemed competition that evaluates two key aspects of the Roboboat’s design and function, the design documentation and the autonomous category. In the design documentation category, teams must pass through a series of rigorous steps, including design reports, team videos, and offline presentations before local judges. In contrast, the autonomous category involves a more complex evaluation process that comprises three rounds: qualification, semifinals, and finals. Contestants must complete eight missions and pass at least three to qualify for the next round.
Rayyan, the General Manager of ITS’ Barunastra, expressed his pride in the team’s remarkable achievement, which involved conquering formidable obstacles and demonstrating exceptional expertise in autonomous technology. In addition to winning the Grand Champion title, Barunastra also claimed the Runner-Up award in the Design Documentation category.
Moving forward, Rayyan hopes that the ITS Barunastra Team will continue to push the boundaries of innovation and pursue even higher levels of excellence, such as competing in the RobotX Competition. He also extended his heartfelt appreciation to everyone who supported and believed in the team’s vision, dedication, and unwavering commitment to excellence.