Final year engineering students at the School of Engineering and Applied Science made it to the top 22 university teams worldwide, competing at the Bosch Future Mobility Challenge held recently in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. This is the second successive year that an Ahmedabad University team has made it to the final rounds of the international tech challenge, this time becoming the only Indian team to do so from 118 teams that participated globally.
Team Akatsuki, comprising Manan Anjaria and Vedanshee Trivedi, both pursuing BTech in Mechanical Engineering, and Aatman Vaidya pursuing BTech in Computer Science and Engineering, have been working on their project in collaboration with Maryam Kaveshgar, Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Bosch experts for several months to develop the best-performing algorithms for their scale vehicle. The Challenge allowed them to develop autonomous driving and connectivity algorithms on 1/10 scale vehicles to navigate in a designated environment simulating a smart miniature city.
Manan Anjaria was also part of last year’s team that made it to the finals. He said, “Our team is dedicated to finding innovative solutions for sustainable mobility and autonomous driving, and the Bosch Future Mobility Challenge has constantly provided us with the perfect platform to showcase our ideas and skills. It offers a unique global opportunity to apply and learn the core skills of mechanical and computer science, write a robust codebase, and build a competent car.”
Aatman Vaidya, who led the team this year, explained how the Bosch Challenge integrates knowledge across Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Networks, Operating Systems, Electronics, Robotics, Control Systems, Sensors and Instrumentation, and Suspension Systems. He said, “We also learned team management, product development, problem-solving, and more. As computer science and mechanical engineering students, this competition aligns perfectly with our learning goals and provides a chance to supplement our coursework with practical experience. This experience is imperative to build our future career paths as we gain hands-on experience tackling engineering problems and developing innovative solutions.”