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University Students Solve Big Problems with SICK LiDAR.

For the third year, SICK invited students from universities around the country to participate in the TiM$10K Challenge. The challenge started in 2018 to support innovation and student achievement in automation and technology.

 

For the third year, SICK invited students from universities around the country to participate in the TiM$10K Challenge. The challenge started in 2018 to support innovation and student achievement in automation and technology.

Teams were supplied with a 270° SICK LiDAR sensor (TiM) and accessories and challenged to solve a problem, create a solution, or bring a new application to any industry that utilizes the SICK LiDAR.

 

The winners of the TiM$10K Challenge are:

  • 1st Place: Texas A&M University (TAMU) Team 2 – AutoTool (automated, robotic tool carrier for the construction industry) Watch Video
  • 2nd Place: Texas A&M University (TAMU) Team 3 – Farm Field Scanning (drone for surveying farmland) Watch Video
  • 3rd Place: University of Wisconsin – Madison (UW Madison) & Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) –LiDAR LiDAR Tunnel Inspection Automation System (LTIAS) Watch Video
  • Honorable Mention: University of Alabama – The MiniMap (3D scanning tool) Watch Video

 

 

Contest Background

Each team was asked to submit a video and paper for judging upon completion of the project. A panel of judges decided the winning submissions based on creativity and innovation, ability to solve a customer problem, commercial potential to productize and market the application, entrepreneurship of the team, and reporting.

The three winning teams win a cash award of $10K for first place, $5K for second place, and $3K for third place. In addition to bragging rights and the cash prize, the first place team, along with the advising professor, will go on an all-expense paid trip to Germany to visit the SICK headquarters and manufacturing facility.

LiDAR Sensor Technology

The LiDAR sensor (TiM) provided to teams utilizes a rotating pulsed laser to calculate distances to its surroundings based on the time-of-flight principle. The rotating laser effectively forms a circle around the TiM, inside which users can create individual fields to monitor for the presence or absence of an object. The reliability of the sensor is improved by SICK’s patented High-Definition Distance Measurement (HDDM) technology, which samples each measurement several times and averages the results.

 

As the TiM$10K teams ably proved, monitoring the individual fields for objects can be a great way to solve applications that other sensing technologies cannot. This makes the TiM invaluable in a variety of industrial applications, as well as building automation, stationary, and mobile applications. In addition, the integrated Ethernet interface allows for remote monitoring, measurement, and navigation which presented a ton of creative possibilities for the TiM$10K teams.

 

TIM$10K Challenge 2021