Dan Andrei Ruse and Cosmin Gorgovan of the International Computer Science High School of Bucharest will be presetting the ‘Open Hexapod’ project, the world’s first robot with 26 small motors, six feet and a mobile arm fitted with a video camera, coordinated via a notebook running on an Intel AtomTM central processing unit. The innovation is for educational purposes and it is designed as a new starting point for a robot-programming strategy.
Romania’s team is made up of seven people, with the two inventor students competing in the Computer Science category for a $50,000 prize.
There are 1,500 pre-college students from 56 countries running in the competition, with 20 percent of the runners already owning invention patents or planning on certifying one of their inventions so far.
The projects vying in ISEF 2009 approach topical scientific themes, including global warming, cancer, fuel alternatives, car passenger protection and hunger prevention.
The finalists are elected annually from more than 550 international science and engineering contests. The projects are evaluated by more than 1,000 specialist engineers who cover the whole range of science, all holding a doctor’s degree or an equivalent six-year professional experience in a science department.
ISEF 2009 closes on May 15.