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AUTHOR: ND Staff

PUBLISHED: April 25, 2014

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Game Day for Engineers

Go Irish! On Friday, April, 11, 2014, mechanical engineering students from Notre Dame and Ohio Northern University (ONU) competed in the annual Robotic Football Game.

The Polar Bears defeated the Irish, 29-7, and captured the Brian Hederman  Memorial Robotic Competition Award. A Notre Dame student, Hederman suffered an untimely death after his freshman year in 1995. A drawing he left behind inspired the trophy and the competition.

The mechatronic game consisted of two 15-minute halves with normal football rules modified for mechanical play. The “players” were semi-autonomous and controlled by the student designers with remote controllers. According to Associate Professor Jim Schmiedeler, the experience of designing and building the football devices acquaints students with important principles used in intelligent prosthetics and other innovative robot-related research, such as biomedical devices and electromechanical systems, being conducted by Notre Dame researchers.