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Robbie the Robot Team Win at Excellence Awards

24th November 2014

Staff and Student Team win Techonological Innovation Category at 2014 Excellence Awards

The Trinity team created the domestic assistant robot (popularly known as 'Robbie') after they were inspired by a request from Cork teenager Joanne O'Riordan, who suffers from the rare condition of Total Amelia, for someone to build her just such a robot that would help her to lead a normal life.

'Robbie' was a prototype design and was conceived and built in only 5 months; he demonstrated a capability of performing basic tasks in domestic environments, while also having the flexibility to move over different surfaces and in the various environments in which someone like Joanne needs to be.

Assistant Professor Kelly acknowledged the team saying,"What has been really special about this project is the quality and the enthusiasm of the student effort, most of which has been entirely voluntary. We, in Trinity, are justifiably proud of the quality of our students, and in turn I think we are well aware of our responsibility to these excellent young men and women to provide an educational, learning and developmental experience during their time in college. It has been - and continues to be - a privilege to work with such inspirational people, and the recognition of our peers in Engineers Ireland is welcome acknowledgement for all their hard work."

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