Over twenty robots will compete in the annual robot race at the University of Birmingham on Thursday 3 May at 2pm.

The robots, built by teams of students from the department of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering, will race against the clock and each other to be awarded ‘robot racer 2007’.

Referee and lecturer Dr Clive Roberts says: ‘This is a great event and an important part of the course. Our 120 second year students have worked in teams to create the robots and the software that drives them.  I am hoping we will manage to break the record time of 13.5 seconds set by last year's winning team.  The robots are totally autonomous and mainly have aluminium frames and there are one or two more curious creations!’

The robot race forms part of the Department’s open day when students and staff will be displaying their research and guided tours will give an insight into the department’s facilities.  Sstudents will also be able to meet prospective employers. 

The race is underway at 2pm at the University of Birmingham’s Great Hall. 


Notes to Editors

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: There will be an opportunity to photograph the robots and contestants in action. 

Venue: Great Hall, Aston Webb Building

Date: Thursday 3 May 2007

Time: 2pm

For further information

University of Birmingham press officer Kate Chapple, tel 0121 414 2772 or 07789 921164.