Issue 35

BattleLab Robotica – the biggest robotic megasumo competition in Transylvania

Ioana Bucur
Public Relations Responsable @ BattleLab Robotica


The faculty of Electric Engineering within the Technical University in Cluj-Napoca, in collaboration with the students’ organization BEST Cluj-Napoca, organized on the 9th of May 2015 the fifth edition of the BattleLab Robotica competition.

The competition consisted in the implementation of autonomous sumo robots, capable to identify and eliminate from the playground the opponent robot in “1 to 1” type competitions.

27 teams made of students from the technical profile universities in Romania took part in this edition. They had been working for months to build the robot. The building of robots represents a complex project which involves knowledge of electrical, mechanical engineering as well as knowledge of automatics and computers.

The teams were formed of four students, the competition observing the international rules of robotic sumo in regard to the size of the playground and the rules of game.

Over 200 spectators of all ages came to see the contest, to support their favourite one with placards and loud applause.

The powerful robots, the tight fighting, the multiple ties made the show to continue until about 8 o’clock in the evening.

S.I. Dr. Engineer Septimiu Crisan, the organizer of the event stated in relation to this contest: “Throughout the entire year, I can hardly wait for the event to take place. On the contest day, I don’t even want to hear about it. And when it’s over, I tell myself that I want it again!”

The 1st place was awarded to the WOLF robot, a team that came for the second year in a row right from Bucharest to take part in the competition.

The prize awarded by the public for the best design was received by those from ROBOTROLL. The bravest robot was THORQUE, and the Bosch award for the most innovative robot was gained by NYAN.

The BattleLab Robotica 2015 event was supported by the partner companies: Emerson, Yardi, Bosch, Garmin, Telenav, TME Poland, Stratec Biomedical and the following sponsors: MSG, Fortech, Accenture, Wenglor, Robofun and Frequentis.

The prizes offered had a value of over 7000 lei and they consisted in electronic components and gift vouchers.

Next year’s edition will open its gates for international participants and hopes to secure a well-known place on the robot fighting world scene.




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