The History of
Rob t Combat:
Robot Combat in Brazil
● by Morgan Berry
In recent years, robot combat has expanded to
have a large international
following. Countries all over
the world have adapted the
sport in unique ways. Many
countries currently have
robot combat events,
including Australia, England,
Germany, and the
Netherlands. One country
that has a particularly active
community is Brazil.
Meggiolaro at Pontifícia
Universidade Católica do Rio
de Janeiro works with
students at the university to
build some of the most
competitive robots in the
world, including the
renowned Touro series of
bots. Prof. Meggiolaro also wrote the Riobotz Combots Tutorial, an incredibly helpful tool
Several large events are held in Brazil every year; one of the most notable of these is
RoboCore. Prof. Meggiolaro gave me all the details on RoboCore, the Riobotz Tutorial,
and much more.
FIGURE 1. The Riobotz team shows off their trophies and bots.
I see your most recent event was
in early November. Tell us about it.
What was the same as others,
what was new?
Since 2005, there have been two national combat
events in Brazil: Winter Challenge and the ENECA. The
latter is the annual meeting of control students and
engineers. However, unfortunately, the ENECA event
does not include combots anymore — after 2009 — so
the Summer Challenge was created last year. Same
event, same rules, mostly the same competitors.
How about a little history on
RoboCore. How long, how many,
[RoboCore] started with the first Winter Challenge
in 2005. Their arena was a huge upgrade from the one
used between 2001 and 2004 in Brazil in the ENECA
event. Since then, the Winter Challenge has been held
every year. They also became the main organizers of the
ENECA events from 2005 to 2009, and now the
Summer Challenge, in its second edition.
In the beginning, there were just Middleweights.
Then came the Hobbies. A few years later, the Feathers,
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