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June 12, 2007
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, UMD Public Relations (218) 726-8830 slatto@d.umn.edu
Fernando Rios-Gutierrez, Assistant Professor, UMD Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (218) 726-8606 friosgut@d.umn.edu


UMD Student Team Takes First Place in
Institute of Navigation
Autonomous Lawn Mower Competition


A team of three University of Minnesota Duluth students, Elias Gieske, Joshua Demenge, and Ryan Raush, from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, took first place in the Institute of Navigation Autonomous Lawn Mower Competition held May 31-June 2 at the Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

The UMD team claimed first place in the Static Autonomous Moving Field Division with a design that used GPS satellite tracking to control its system. The objective was to design and demonstrate a self-operating lawn mower.

The team was mentored by Fernando Rios-Gutierrez, Assistant Professor, UMD Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. UMD College of Science and Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering provided support and materials for the team.

Other institutions participating in the competition were: Florida State University, Ohio University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Miami University (Ohio), University of Evansville (Indiana), Wright State University (Ohio) and Ecole de Tecnologie Superieur (Canada).

For more information on the competition and the Institute of Navigation see: http://www.ion.org/satdiv/alc/index.cfm and http://www.automow.com/

Group Photo  Robotic Mower.
In the photo from left to right: Professor Fernando Rios-Gutierrez, Joshua Demenge, Ryan Rausch, Elias Gieske, and an Institute of Navigation Official

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