Robo Sumo – a team of 2nd year DIT engineering students claim top spot

14 May, 2012: A team of 2nd year Electrical Engineering students from DIT have been declared the 2012 Robo Sumo Grand Final Winners. Karl Lawlor, Eamos Fennell and Stephen Hanney, claimed the top spot with their custom built bot ‘ FRANK’.  Robo Sumo, a real life robot wrestling contest and an international phenomenon which sees custom-built robots battle it out to be king of the ring. These robots are so-called automatons - robots that sense their own surroundings and make decisions about what actions to perform. For the 2012 Robo Sumo Grand Final held in DIT Kevin Street, the robots were designed, built, tested and refined to be battle ready by DIT engineering students as part of a practical learning challenge.  The students have spent countless hours working on their robots, grappling with budgets, dealing with component failures, scavenging parts to ensure they are fighting fit and able to withstand the unpredictable assault of another team’s robot.

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The 2012 Robo Sumo Grand Final Winners – Karl Lawlor, Eamos Fennell and Stephen Hanney , 2nd year Electrical Engineering, DIT with their custom built bot ‘ FRANK’

Brainstorming, critical thinking, teamwork, and resourcefulness - these are all stepping stones to great robot design and the teams that perform best in RoboSumo are those with the abilities that make for successful technology entrepreneurs - in short, the ability to work hard, work smart and work together to turn an original vision into reality. According to Damon Berry, DIT College of Engineering & Built Environment: “RoboSumo is very different from what a lot of people picture as engineering education. The RoboSumo challenge leads students on a journey of discovery through an Aladdin’s cave of the incredible technology that powers modern smart devices.  Today these students conquer the sumo ring, tomorrow the world of robotics!”

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DIT Engineering Student Eamos Fennell from Arklow with his custom built bot 'FRANK' winner of the 2012 Robo Sumo Grand Final held in DIT Kevin Street.

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DIT Engineering Student Clodagh Brady from Tallaght with her custom built robot 'Daisy'

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DIT Engineering Students Clodagh Brady with her custom built robot ‘Daisy' and Graham Burns with his bot ' Rocky'

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David Daly, a 2nd year Electrical & Control Engineering Student at DIT with his custom built bot ‘Rocky’ pictured at the 2012 Robo Sumo Grand Final held in DIT Kevin Street.

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Robo Sumo – Let the battles begin

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