LSU College of Engineering to host combat robotics competition

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LSU will host its inaugural combat robotics competition, “Bengal Bot Brawl (B3),” on Tuesday, April 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

This event, held in the Patrick F. Taylor Hall Commons, is free and open to the public. Local high school students will also be invited to attend for a first-hand look at the LSU engineering experience.  

Four student teams from the College of Engineering will battle each other using 30-pound weight class robots for the chance to compete in the “Robot Battles” at the 2017 MomoCon in Atlanta,Ga.

“This competition is a fun and exciting way for the public, especially local high school students, to get to know our robotics program,” said Dimitris Nikitopoulos, chair of the LSU Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department.  

The competition will feature intense one-on-one mechanical matchups, following the rules of the “Robot Battles.” A robot wins a bout if it incapacitates the opponent or pushes it off the combat stage. The event will have a round-robin format with a final bout between two top teams. 

Three of the participating teams are senior capstone design teams comprised of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering students. The fourth team is from Bengal Reauxbotics, LSU’s robotics student organization. 

“We intend for this event to be an annual event that people look forward to attending each year,” said Nikitopoulos. 

For general information about the event, please contact the robotics program coordinator, Marcio de Queiroz at mdeque1@lsu.edu.

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