Girl sets new record at RoboMasters East China contest


Zhang Yan

Zhang Yan set a precedent as the youngest female contestant to program a highley-sophisticated robot at the RoboMasters East China Competition. She and her teammates formed under the name “Daxia One Seven” to represent ECNU at the Henry Fok Ying Tung Sports Center of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where the competition was held on May 19.

A scene of RoboMasters East China contest.

Robomasters has grown over the years, putting on several robotics competition to display new technological developments and enlist new sources of engineering talent; as a result it has become an influential event for students and engineers in China. As one of the most unique robotic arenas in the world, Robomasters is widely recognized by universities, high-tech firms, and science enthusiasts as a highlight show for displaying technological advancements in modern science.  

Contestants operate their robots during the contest.

This year, a total of 204 teams from all over the world participated in the 2017 RoboMasters Mech Masters Tournament, with more than 7,000 young engineers who registered for the race. Each team was assigned a robot that was designed, developed, assembled and re-programmed by the team members on-the-spot. In regard to the format of the tournament, two teams were set to go against each other. Each team displayed their respective robots to see whose assemblage and program techniques were most efficient.

According to Zhang, the bonus offer was as high as millions of yuan, equal to that in NBA and F1 Formula.

Zhang Yan and her teacher.  

During the competition, contestants handled a variety of technological devices that employed many new features, including model robotic infantry vehicles, containing high-resolution picture transmission technology with zero-delay functions. The First Person View (FPV) robotics system was also an attractive display at the competition. The FPV robot is equipped with high-technical capacities, which enable the operator to monitor its every move on the computer, tracking it through high-definitional photos transmitted instantaneously. This type of intelligence control system can be utilized on the battlefield during military conflicts, and is a very useful form of technology that can transmit signals to control light, smoke, and special effects.  

Team members of  “Daxia One Seven”  adjust their robots during the contest.

Zhang Yan is currently in her third-year as a major at the electronic engineering department at ECNU. This was her second time to enter the contest sponsored by Robomasters. She expressed that her pure love for robotics engineering was the key reason for going into the competition again. She said that she most appreciated the fact that everyone on her team worked together to pursue a common goal in the competition, meanwhile displaying great passion in the act. Zhang Yan said that she wants to attend the Robomasters competition again next year, with the desire to improve on what she has learned. She also made a point to encourage more of the ECNU student-body to join her team for the competition next year.  

ECNU is very proud to have Zhang Yan as a member of the school to promote the development of robotics engineering and engage with students to be more active in their fields of interest.  




East China Normal University