Robot Sumo Event Featured in Scientific American, Vice & Ars Technica

May 25, 2016

Gearing up for the 2016 robot sumo battle. Photo by Joao Enxuto/The Cooper Union

Gearing up for the 2016 robot sumo battle. Photo by Joao Enxuto/The Cooper Union

Scoring a tech media hat-trick, The Cooper Union's 2016 Robot Sumo event has been featured by Scientific AmericanVice and Ars Technica. The annual competition takes place during the End of Year Show opening night. The students of Professor Brian Cusack's mechatronics class must build their own robots that are able to autonomously stay in the ring against their opponents. The winner is usually, “the one that malfunctions the least," Prof. Cusack is quoted as saying.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.