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Miss CAI Jiaxiao, who is a fresh graduate of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), has won the Champion for her final year project entitled “Higher Individuality for Effective Swarm Intelligence” in HKIE Manufacturing & Industrial Division Student Project Competition 2016-2017 on 2 June 2017.

This project is supervised by Dr. Velvet Chen (ISE) and supported by scientific officer Mr. Sam Lam (ISE). This project considers the expanding demands of robotic tasks with higher complexity, higher dimensionality, and different information density. Other than employing the conventional low cost–effective approach of increasing the number of swarm, this project intends to adopt higher swarm individuality to obtain higher flexibility and re-configurability of the system.

In order to optimize the system performance using a simple individual robot design and a minimum number of swarm, a target following technique using computer vision was developed and a novel path planning algorithm, directional A* algorithm was proposed. The system has been tested with a self–developed swarm robot target following system, the Auto–Cart (a new supermarket service system).

The HKIE Manufacturing & Industrial Division Student Project Competition is an open competition that attracted participating teams from the major Hong Kong universities in June 2016. This competition is an annual event organized by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) to recognize the project handling skills and creativity of students studying in disciplines related to manufacturing and industrial engineering, and it is highly competitive, with two rounds of selection processes to screen out the top three projects.

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