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Robot Wars!

Sunday, March 29, 2009
Richard Hughey

27 students from computer engineering professor Gabriel Elkaim's mechatronics course held a final competition of Slug Spackler's Revenge: Caddyshack Open 2009. The demonstration packed the Baskin School of Engineering's Simularium, as students, faculty, and the public watched the robots drop ping-pong balls at "gopher holes" on a table-top green.

The course, CMPE118, is a junior-level robotics course that builds upon prior work in electronics, computer systems, and digital logic.  It is required in computer engineering's robotics and control concentration, and is a top-choice elective for other computer engineering and electrical engineering majors.

The event was covered by local television station KSBW, and includes interviews with Computer Engineering students Bryant Maris and Dan Hoamerick and Professor Elkaim.

Watch the KSBW story on YouTube

You can find out more about Professor Elkaim's research and the Computer Engineering Robotics and Control program.