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Robot Challenge

Trinity Engineering students travel to Vienna for Robot Challenge.

9 March 2012

On the 10th and 11th of March, seven students from the School of Engineering will travel to Vienna to take part in Robot Challenge - the largest and most prestigious robotics competition in Europe ( This is a 2 day event taking place in the 'Hall of Science' and attracts lots of local and international media attention.

This years competition will see 287 robots from leading universities in 24 countries competing in a number of categories. We will have three robots there this year, and once again we will be the only Irish university represented. Participation in the competition involves creation of a stand, demonstration of the robot itself and a presentation to the entire assembly. We have high hopes for the participants in this years competition - last year, SS BSc student Ben Woods came 5th (in category) of 270 robots - a considerable achievement as most of his competition would have been the output from completed Masters projects.

This years competitors are Conor McGinn (PhD student), Mark Culleton (SS BAI), Domhnall O'Hanlon (JS BSc), Alan Schmidt (JS BAI) and William Murphy, Siobhan Duignan and Paul Killeen (all SF BAI). All are members of the Trinity Robotics Club - a new society founded by Conor McGinn with over 35 active members. There will be 4 robots in the competition - two in the 'mini-sumo', one in the humanoid footrace, and one in the 'freestyle' - a robotic arm which plays a mean game of rock-paper-scissors against human opponents!

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