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Mini-Sumo robots battle on UNI's campus

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It's a competition that brings together the sport of sumo wrestling and computer programming.

On Thursday the 6th annual Mini-Sumo Robotics Invitational was held at Maucker Union on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The robots are entirely independent, powered by batteries, and controlled by on-board microprocessors which are programmed by students. They are not remote controlled.

This competition is the first of its kind, where people from all over the country ship-in their robots to take part.

"You build a robot. You create it, you program it, but you don't enter it. You ship your robot to the contest. You can leave instructions on how you want it placed and what you want done with it, but typically you'll be at home watching on the internet," said event organizer and adjunct instructor, Randy Dumse.

UNI graduate student, Kevin O'Connor, built the robot Gizmo, which won the competition, by beating returning champion Exspurt.

UNI students built 30 mini-sumo robots in preparation for Thursday's event.

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