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Hobart Robot Team Competes in Canada

Students in the mathematics and computer science department entered an international robotics contest.

(November 18, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.—Three Hobart students joined the competition at the Eastern Canadian Robot Games on Nov. 15 and 16, held at the Ontario Science Center in Toronto. Mike Giovannini '04, from Geneva, Chris Hughes '04, from Hanover, N.H., and Jarred Laub '05, from Guilford, Conn., entered their three-wheeled robot, named The Bot, in the firefighting competition.

The Hobart students and their robot were included in part of the media coverage by the Daily Planet program crew, which was taping the event. The Discovery Channel show should air on Nov. 24.

In this contest, competing teams must build, customize and program an autonomous robot to navigate through a maze and locate a lit candle (simulating an oil-well fire) and extinguish it. The robots are not remote controlled but have an onboard computer and sensors that are used to navigate the maze and detect the flame. Teams get extra points for speed and accuracy. The Hobart team successfully put out the flame in one of three trial runs. This contest drew contestants from Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.

The student robot team was sponsored by Professor John Vaughn in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.