Published: 22 May 2014

Robots go head to head on campus

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The Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics has hosted its annual Robot Races, in which first year undergraduates build and race machines as part of their second semester lab module.

More than 70 students took part in the challenge to design robots, order the components and then build them in time for the race at the end of the semester.

This year, students were challenged to build a robot which could follow a blue line on two different coloured backgrounds, without the help of computer chips. All the entrants were judged by staff Dr Leah Ridgway and Dr Mark Bowden, alongside department alumni Mike West.

The team with the best time on the course included Wai Shun Cheng, Matthew Ball, Moath Abdulrahman Alathbah and Tom Coates. They have been awarded a prize of £250 donated by Mike West.

The departmental prize for Best Sustained Team Effort went to Nora Alreiahi, Steven Bridge, Richard Eagles and Brenden Hagglund to recognise their professional approach to the challenge throughout the semester.

Earlier in the day, the student projects had been formally assessed in the newly refurbished fourth floor laboratory in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics.  Student teams presented posters describing their project work, and were quizzed by staff members and alumni about their robot designs and their progress throughout the semester long project.

The department has recently benefitted from its second major refurbishment project in the last two years with the newly refurbished laboratory following work on the foyer and lecture areas. The new laboratories provide more space, with large open areas for flexible use. There are two new computer suites, an area for large scale project work and an incubation space for students to develop their own ideas and designs into working systems.

To see highlights of the races, please go to: http://youtu.be/QwciE_ukU64

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