ABB, one of the world’s largest automation and industrial robot builders, launched its ABB Cup Innovation Contest on April 18.
The competition, themed “Intelligent Technologies for the Future,” will focus on areas including power electronics, machine learning, mathematical modeling, industrial robotics, digital twin and human-computer interaction.
The aim is to promote the open and innovative thinking among young people, enhance their ability to solve real-world problems by exploring interdisciplinary approaches, and better support the cultivation of local innovative talent, according to a corporate press release.
In recent years, the expansion of the robotic market has led to surging demand for robotic engineers that design, build, apply and maintain industrial robots.
Meanwhile, the shortage of these professionals in China is expected to exceed 4.5 million by 2025.
To train and nurture more industrial talent to fuel its growth and the country’s automation drive, ABB has to date worked with around 1,000 vocational schools and universities to provide robotics training for up to 1 million students.
This endeavor aligns with the country’s innovation- and talent-driven development strategy, said ABB.
Against this backdrop, the contest is open to students from vocational schools and universities in China and also educational institutions ABB partners with.
Participants will be asked to create innovations and designs around either of the two set topics: AI-based modeling for predicting the temperature of IGBT in drives and robot programming and remote control for domino.
Students may join the competition individually or in teams, said the release.
“China’s high-quality economic development depends on the high-level technical professionals, particularly the outstanding engineers that meet new requirements from the emerging technologies, industries and business models,” said Dr. Gu Chunyuan, Chairman of ABB China.
He added that the ABB Cup Innovation Contest, with a fixation on engineering practice, aims to advance the student’s innovation and practical skills.
ABB also looks to encourage them to try to solve real-life technical problems by making full use of interdisciplinary knowledge, so as to adapt to the changes brought about by new technologies, said Dr. Gu.
Dr. Zhang Nan, Secretary of the Chinese Association of Automation (CAA), the co-organizer of ABB Cup Innovation Contest, said that China’s new engineering construction emphasizes the interdisciplinary integration, combining science, humanities and engineering.
“In line with this trend, the innovation contest co-hosted by ABB and CAA encourages participants to break down barriers between disciplines and innovate cross-boundaries,” said Dr. Zhang.
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