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Presenting UTC’s ChessBurger: uncontested star « Fête de la science 2011 » !

Robot ‘ChessBurger’ was presented by the UTC student association ‘UTCoupe’ at the 20th edition of the Fête de la Science |Science Fair] at UTC Compiegne.

Presenting UTC’s ChessBurger: uncontested star « Fête de la science 2011 » !

Finishing 21st out of 170 contestants at the last French Robotics Cup Challenge, organised at Ferté-Bernard in June, the UTC ChessBurger was on display in its play arena at the Fête de la Science, Compiegne. Objective: to show visitors, young and old, what amateur robotics is all about, using games as the theme. “After playing rugby, bowling, sorting rubbish, collecting samples from Mars, or building antique temples (in earlier editions), ChessBurger now plays chess, well sort of … – hence his new sobriquet” announces Quentin GUILLEUS of UTCoupe, with a smile. ChessBurger is totally “alone” for the 90 s of each round; he must detect and pile up the largest number of pieces on the squares of his colour (black or white). “For each game there are two teams” explains Quentin. “The robots start out from a square of their assigned colour, in two of the rear corners of the chess board. There are pieces in various positions on the “board”, either in predefined or random places, or stacked at the side of the board in distribution zones. Each of the two robots must try to be quicker than the other, collecting and piling up the pieces on his own colour squares”. According to the robot’s designers, ChessBurger, with its load of electronic boards, sensors, actioners, even displays its own personality! “When they adapt a particular strategy, each robot act in a unique manner”. Maybe not for long, since the rules for next year make provision for a second robot, smaller than the main contestant, can come in to assist Big Brother.