An international competition on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) RoboMac 2020 has been launched at our Faculty today. In addition, students from Macedonia and other countries will have the opportunity to present their Robotics and AI know-how over the following five days.
Pro-Dean Professor Sonja Gegovska- Zajkova Ph.D., has stressed that within the next few days ‘the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies ( FEEIT) will be the place where about sixty students – competitors, some of them coming from Serbia and Greece, will have the opportunity to gain new theoretical know-how in the field of robotics, electronics and AI, which will be presented by distinguished experts in the field. Following our experience from the few past years, we have also envisaged to include high-schools students within the week dedicated to robotics.’
Damjan Mancevski, Minister of Information Society and Administration, has emphasized that RoboMac has become a recognizable event not only for FEEIT but for our country, as well.
‘The very fact that RoboMac is taking place for 10 years in a row, is an acknowledgment for the great interest and achieved results, so far. Many of you are currently at your final year of study, perhaps this will also be the last event of this type at the Faculty, and most likely you are already making your plans for the future. Following your graduation, your challenge will be whether to leave the country and thus apply your knowledge in some other European and world metropolis or stay home. The possibilities that you are presented with by this Faculty are truly remarkable and I am also aware that plenty of doors are already open for you. However, I would like to convince you and I am appealing to you to rethink your plans and make an effort to try and succeed in your home county first. Our goal as a Ministry of Information Society and Administration and as a Government is to do our best and provide the necessary preconditions for you to make a real choice and not to leave’- said Minister Mancevski.
Professor Nikola Jankulovski, Ph.D. and Rector of the University of ‘Ss. Cyril and Methodius’ said that he is proud that our country or more precisely our system of higher-education and our University is educating inventive students, young people- enthusiasts, who are presenting their robotics achievements to the world public. He also added ‘I am also proud that our students are bringing closer to us new technological achievements and are creating robots with artificial intelligence i.e. machines that are able to think. These young enthusiasts are truly citizens of the world.’
RoboMac 2020 is organized by the IEEE student branch at the University of ‘Ss. Cyril and Methodius’- Skopje, the purpose of which is, popularization of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence among students and young people in the Republic of North Macedonia and regional countries. The organized workshops and lectures represent an opportunity for the students to gain know-how and experience by working in teams. RoboMac winners are presented with medals and certificates each year. In addition, students will compete in six different categories, which are as follows: Self-Racing Cars, Maze, Sumo, Machine Learning, Sphero and Line Follower.
The closing ceremony of the event will be on 14th March 2020 (Saturday) at 18:00h at the premises of the Army Hall.