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Event Description:

Robowars is an event wherein manually controlled RC bots battle each other in a 12ft X 12ft and 6ft high arena. The robot that immobilizes the opponent robot is declared victorious.

Prizes worth INR 1,00,000

Date: 3rd March 2018

Time: 10AM to 5PM

Venue: MIG, Orion G12



Ø  The first round will be an abstract submission round whose details are as follows:


Written abstract-

The last date for the written abstract submission is 3rd February 2018.

To submit your abstract:
1. Login

2. Click 'Upload Abstract' which will lead you to a new page.
3. Exercise the provision to upload files on the new page.
4. With that, your submission of abstract is complete.

The written abstract should be prepared on the following lines:

• The weapon systems and power supply method should be explained in detail, along with proper diagrams. Relevant pictures can be attached.

• Description of any unusual advantageous mechanism used.

• The specifications of all the components used, including motors, suspension springs, remote controller, wires, battery etc. have to be mentioned.

• The abstract file name should be named as Teamname_collegename.

• The abstract should be a .pdf file or a microsoft word file only.

• An email will be sent to the team leader confirming the receipt of the entry. Each team has to make only one submission. In case of multiple submissions, only the last submission will be considered.

Upload Abstract


Video abstract-

The last date for the video abstract submission is 18th Feb 2018. The video should be mailed to robowars@pragyan.org.

• The videos should explain the complete working including weapon systems and power supply method.


Ø  The selected teams will be invited to NITT to fight their bots onsite. Fixtures will be announced before starting of the event.


Judging Criteria:

  • A robot is declared victorious if its opponent is immobilized i.e. a robot will be declared immobilized if it cannot display any movement for a time period of 20 seconds.
  • In case both the robots remain mobile after the end of the round then the winner will be decided subjectively based on the score calculated.
  • Base score is calculated based on three parameters: Aggression, Control and Damage
  • Extra points will be awarded based on using the arena and its specification constraints. For example, pushing the opponent’s bot into the red zone in an arena.
  • Detailed Score criteria will be declared after declaring the arena.
  • In case of disputes, organisers’ decision will be final.
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Team Specification:

• Maximum of 5 members in a team.

• Team members can be from different colleges.

• All students with a valid identity card from their respective educational institution and a valid Pragyan ID are eligible to participate in Robowars.


Safety Rules:

• Compliance with all event rules is mandatory. It is expected that competitors stay within the rules and procedures of their own accord, and do not require constant policing.

• Special care should be taken to protect the on-board batteries and pneumatics; robots without proper protection will not be allowed to compete.

• If you have a robot or weapon design that does not fit within the categories set forth in these rules or is in some way ambiguous or borderline, please contact the event organisers. Safe innovation is always encouraged, but surprising the organisers with your brilliant exploitation of a loophole may cause your robot to be disqualified before it even competes.

• Each event has safety inspections. It is at their sole discretion that your robot is allowed to compete. As a builder you are obligated to disclose all operating principles and potential dangers to the inspection staff.

• Proper activation and deactivation of robots is critical. Robots must only be activated in the arena, testing areas, or with expressed consent of the event coordinators.

• All participants build and operate robots at their own risk. Combat robotics is inherently dangerous. There is no amount of regulation that can encompass all the dangers involved. Please take care to not hurt yourself or others when building, testing and competing.

• All weapons must have a safety cover on any sharp edges. Changes to the surroundings by the teams in the competition arena should not be carried out without the consent of organizers. Not following this rule may result in disqualification.

• All the resources provided at the time of competition from the organisers should be strictly used only after the consent of the organisers.

• Once the robots have entered into the arena, no team members can enter into the arena at any point of time. In case, if the battle has to be halted in between and some changes have to be done in the arena or on the robot(s), it will be done by the organisers only.


Dimensions and Fabrications:

• The machine should fit in a box of dimension 600 mm x 600 mm x 900 mm (l x b x h) at any given point during the match. The external device used to control the machine, or any external tank is not included in the size constraint. Tolerance will be 10% during inspection.

• The machine should not exceed 40kg of weight including the weight of onboard pneumatic source/tank. Weight of adapters and the remote controller will not be counted. Tolerance will be 5% during inspection.



• All robots must have easily visible and controlled mobility in order to compete.

• Any machine component should not be detached (intentionally) during any point of the battle.

• Methods of Mobility include:

  • Rolling (wheels, tracks or the whole robot)
  • Walking (linear actuated legs with no rolling or cam operated motion)
  • Shuffling (rotational cam operated legs)

• Not allowed :

  • Jumping and hopping
  • Flying (using airfoil, helium balloons, ornithopters, hovercrafts etc.)


Robot Control Requirements:

• The machine can be controlled through wired or wireless remote. But wireless will have priority over wired in abstract round.

• The machines using wireless remote must at least have a four frequency remote control circuit or two dual control circuits which may be interchanged before the start of the race to avoid frequency interference with other teams. The case of any interference in the wireless systems will not be considered for rematch or results.

• Remote control systems from toys might be used. Remote control systems available in the market may also be used.


Battery and Power

• The machine can be powered electrically only. Use of an IC engine in any form is not allowed. On board Batteries must be sealed, immobilized-electrolyte types such as gel cells, lithium, NiCad, NiMH, or dry cells.

• The electric voltage between 2 points anywhere in the machine should not be more than 48V DC at any point of time.

• All efforts must be made to protect battery terminals from a direct short or from causing a battery fire. Failure to do so will cause direct disqualification.

• Use of damaged, non-leak proof batteries may lead to disqualification.

• Special care should be taken to protect the on-board batteries.

• Change of battery will not be allowed during the match.

• One 220V power socket will be provided for each team.



• Robot can use pressurized non-flammable gases to actuate pneumatic devices. Maximum allowed outlet nozzle pressure is 8 bars. The storage tank and pressure regulators used by teams need to be certified and teams using pneumatics are required to produce the Safety and Security letters at the Registration Desk at the venue. Failing to do so will lead to direct disqualification.

• Participants must be able to indicate the used pressure with integrated or temporarily fitted pressure gauge. Also, there should be provision to check the cylinder pressure on the bot.

• The maximum pressure in cylinder should not exceed the rated pressure at any point of time.

• Participants must have a safe way of refilling the system and determining the onboard pressure.

• All pneumatic components on board a robot must be securely mounted. Care must be taken while mounting the pressure vessel and armour to ensure that if ruptured it will not escape the robot. The terms 'pressure vessel, bottle, and source tank' are used interchangeably.



• Robot can use non-flammable liquid to actuate hydraulic devices. E.g. cylinders.

• All hydraulic components on-board a robot must be securely mounted. Special care must be taken while mounting pump, accumulator and armour to ensure that ruptured direct fluid streams does not escape the robot.

• All hydraulic liquids are required to be non-corrosive and your device should be leak proof. Maximum allowed pressure is 8 bars.

• Participant must be able to indicate the used pressure with integrated or temporarily fitted pressure gauge.

• Entire hydraulic setup should be onboard and no external input (from outside the arena) could be given to the robot for functioning of its hydraulic system.


Weapons Systems:

• Robots can have any kind of magnetic weapons, cutters, flippers, saws, lifting devices, spinning hammers, etc. as weapons with following exceptions and limitations:

  • Liquid projectiles
  • Any kind of inflammable liquid
  • Flame-based weapons
  • Any kind of explosive or intentionally ignited solid or potentially ignitable solid
  • Nets, tape, glue, or any other entanglement device
  • High power magnets or electromagnets
  • Radio jamming, tasers, tesla coils, or any other high-voltage device
  • Tethered or untethered projectiles
  • Spinning weapons which do not come in contact with the arena at any point of time are allowed

• In no case should the arena be damaged by any bot. All weapons used should be mentioned in written and video abstracts

For Event queries:

Abhishek: 9521600969

Soham: 9527402060

Aqeel: 9677861758

Or email us at robowars@pragyan.org

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