In 2017, the robotics design project module will be based on the UCD
e-learning system, Blackboard.
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What is RoboRugby?
RoboRugby is a game where
small autonomous robots try to score points by moving balls into the
scoring areas at each end of the playing table.
A match involves 2 robots and many balls of different colour and value.
Each match lasts for 60 seconds, and the position of
the balls at the end of the match determines the score.
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The robots are designed and built by students, mostly first-year
Engineering students, working in small teams.
Each robot must be built from a standard kit of parts.
The robots are controlled by an on-board computer, programmed in advance of the
There is no remote control - the team cannot intervene during a match.
The robots must rely on their programming and on information from sensors
to navigate around the table, find balls and move them to the scoring areas.
Design and problem-solving are an important
part of an Engineering education and there is no substitute for
learning by doing.
The RoboRugby design exercise provides an interesting and enjoyable
problem, with plenty of scope for innovation and creative thinking.
RoboRugby has formed the basis
of a module:
EEEN 10020 - Robotics Design Project
Pictures below courtesy of Pierre Jolivet, UCD
For more than 155 years, the Siemens name
has been synonymous with cutting-edge technologies. Siemens'
divisions are world leaders in automation and control, information and
communications, lighting, medical, power and transportation.
Siemens and its subsidiaries employ 430,000 people in 192 countries.
Siemens Ireland has been a generous sponsor of the RoboRugby competition.
UCD is a research-intensive university
where we strive to advance knowledge through cutting-edge research and
to communicate knowledge through excellence in teaching.
Through innovative links in Ireland and abroad, UCD has exciting
educational and research partnerships and collaborations with other
academic, industrial and not-for-profit organisations.
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
The UCD School of Electrical and Electronic
Engineering has 25 academic staff, 8 support
staff and almost 100 postgraduate students and researchers.
The School provides taught modules for students
at Bachelor and Master level, and is active in research in a wide range
of areas, including Communications, Signal Processing, IC Design,
Non-linear Circuits and Systems, Optical Engineering, RF and Microwave
Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Energy,
Magnetics and Machines.
RoboRugby was created by lecturers Scott Rickard, Brian Mulkeen and Paul Curran
with support from a 2004 UCD President's Teaching Award and the (then)
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCD.
We have had great support from technicians Frank Hoye, Declan Lehane,
Liam Carroll, Luke Dalton and the late Gerry Hughes (RIP).
Project students Maurice Fallon, Liza Kierans, John Healy,
Vincent Grace and Peadar Grant also helped in the development of the
module, and many teaching assistants help to deliver it each year.
RoboRugby was inspired by the 6.270 robotics competition at