UVA Combat Robotics Team Competes in Robogames

The University of Virginia’s Combat Robotics team’s recent trip to the 2016 RoboGames Combat Robot competition was successful, as the team placed fourth in one of the premier events in the competition.

The UVA Combots team placed fourth in the 120-pound Combat Robots event after winning two matches and losing two. Both losses came to a Brazilian team that has won the event for the past several years.

UVA’s team is made up of three undergraduate students and two graduate students, including team captain Paul Gancitano, a first-year graduate student in electrical engineering. Gancitano started the Combat Robotics team this year.

The team constructed their robot, named Sabre, at Lacy Hall. It is equipped with a spinning weapon mounted in the front of the robot’s frame. The weapon is made of AR-500 bulletproof steel, which is so hard that it could only be cut using a waterjet cutter, a new addition to the machine shop at Lacy Hall.