From June 18 to 24, 2019, an International Project-Based Learning (iPBL) program was held by OIT Faculty of Information Science and Technology in Hirakata campus. Ten students from Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology of Thammasat University (SIIT), Thailand, and 15 students from OIT joined the program. It is the forth time that the Faculty has become a host to accept SIIT to hold an iPBL program. This program was conducted under the support of Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science (SAKURA Exchange Program in Science), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
Under the theme of "Real-World Game Programming", five groups composed of students from both universities were organized. They were given two set of PC and camera mounted self-propelled robots, and split into two roles as attackers and defenders. In addition, 10-cm square markers were put on several places in the field where robots were to compete. Each team integrated image processing and robot control programming to create autonomous robot programs for both attack and defense. Based on the rule that attackers shoot markers by the robot's camera and defenders protect the markers from the shots with the board equipped on the robots, all the teams joined in a round-robin competition on the final day and were ranked.
On the 4th day of the program, participants went on a field trip to Umeda Campus and enjoyed the cutting-edge research facilities and many robots being researched. Furthermore, the opportunity to experience many Japanese world-leading technologies such as virtual reality was provided at "The Lab.", one of the facilities of Grand Front Osaka, located near Umeda Campus.
SIIT is established in 1992 as a semi-autonomous institute in Thammasat University. Since SIIT and OIT concluded the MOU in 2009, the relationship of the two institutes has been cultivated through implementation of student exchanges and iPBL programs.