2005 Robot Festival – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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2005 Robot Festival

Sumo-wrestling and firefighting-robots race against the clock

(April 29, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.— The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges announces the 2005 Annual Robot Festival will take place on Wednesday. The Festival features autonomous robots built and programmed by students in the Computer Architecture class offered each spring by the department.

This year, 12 students will enter their robots in a competition involving traversing a room by following lines and walls while avoiding obstacles, and then finally retrieving a ball and returning home, all against the clock.

In addition, students will demonstrate projects including Sumo-wrestling robots, firefighting-robots, beverage-pouring robots, and even a few robots that are just plain fun to watch.

The 12 Computer Architecture students are seniors Levi Arthur '05, from Lyons Falls, N.Y.; Walter Bennett, from Waterloo, N.Y.; Lindsay Craig, from Canandaigua, N.Y.; and Matthew Montroy, from Macedon, N.Y.; juniors Philip Freedman, from Silver Spring, Md.; Thomas Kelliher, from Rochester, N.Y.; Eduardo Ponce de Leon, from Puebla, Mexico; sophomores Rick Beyer, from Lancaster, Pa.; Warren Cramer, from Annapolis, Md.; Amanda Markee, from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Joffrey Pannee, from Columbia, Md.; and first-year Kristopher Anauo '08, from Geneva, N.Y.

The Festival will begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The event is free and open to the public.