Linda wins robot marathon!

Linda, the University’s robot from the STRANDS project, fought off five robots from across the EU to be crowned winner of last week’s Robot Marathon.

From November 25 to November 29, the six robots from the EU STRANDS project battled it out for the title of last robot standing in the STRANDS Robot Marathon.

The challenge was to autonomously patrol a populated environment for as long as possible, with the aim to cover the most distance in the shortest time possible.
The STRANDS Robot Marathon featured live feeds from robots, information about all the participants, and information on the underlying science and technology challenges this work presents.

The “race” finished at 4pm on Friday and Linda travelled a total of 45.1km fully autonomously.

Dr Marc Hanheide, from the School of Computer Science, said: “Congratulations to the local STRANDS team and a big thanks to everybody for their support.”
Linda is based in the new Robotics lab at Witham Wharf.

For full details of the STRANDS project go to

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