Engineering students from the Dakar American University of Science and Technology (DAUST) just won the fourth edition of the PARC that took place in Accra, Ghana from July 3rd to July 6th 2019. Participants came from 15 African countries – from West Africa mainly – and from the African diaspora as well. This competition saw the participation of the United States of America represented by a team of five engineer students. Teams were split in four leagues: Techs, Stars, Makers and Engineers, and had to face challenges relating to the management of African cities.
Thanks to a project on mobility in African cities presented by DAUST students, Senegal prevailed in the Engineers league. DAUST engineer students imagined and designed an innovative solution to the problem of traffic in city centers. Their approach promotes the use of driverless shuttles that are associated with floating car parks built on various spots around the coastal city. They presented a concrete application of their proposal through the development of a prototype consisting in floating car parks placed along the ledge to reduce congestion at La Place de l’Indépendance, in downtown Dakar. The overall idea is to create a global technological system that facilitates people’s circulation throughout the above-mentioned area.
In the spirit of the competition, the use of technologies, namely robotics and artificial intelligence enable students to find solutions to problems, and meet the challenges of current and future African societies. Senegal’s distinction in the Techs and Stars leagues, thanks to teams from the Senegalese American Bilingual School (SABS) that have won the second and the third place respectively is equally worthy of note.
The PARC is a competition organized by SenEcole, an organization founded by Dr Sidy Ndao – a Senegalese scientist, and professor at the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The competition has been hosted by Senegal for three consecutive years before taking place in Accra, Ghana. African scholars in the field are working to take it to all parts of the continent with a view to promoting STEM education.
More information here: Pan-African Robotics Competition