UCD students show off 'rugby robots'
THE worlds of engineering and sport came together yesterday as UCD students showed off their rugby robots for this year's Siemens RoboRugby Competition.
The eleventh year of the tournament kicked off yesterday with 62 first year students studying engineering at the college battling it out for the title.
All the robots have been handmade by the talented students and use sensors to find their way around the playing table and to find the balls to bring them to the try line.
They rely solely on these sensors and programming to move as they are not remote controlled.
"Each team begins with the same set of parts, so the winning robot is entirely the result of the students' initiative and creativity," said Brian Mulkeen of the UCD School of Engineering.
"Each year I'm impressed with the range of designs the students develop and the level of ingenuity."
The students have been divided into teams of three to develop the robots and will play over 40 matches before a winner is crowned.