KICKOFF | Friday, September 25th | 6PM - 8PM (EST)

Interested in robotics? Not sure where to start off? Join SUMO to learn the basics of robotics! SUMO is a club that aims to introduce beginners into the world of robotics. Gain experience in the mechanical and software aspects of engineering design. Students will be provided with workshops to learn how to create their own simulated robot and compete at the end-of-year competition in teams of 3.


Ultrasonic Range Sensor

Aluminum Metal Chassis

Dual DC Motors

The Competition

The goal is to create a simulated version of an autonomous robot with IR range sensors to locate the opponent and light sensors to detect the edge of the ring. Two “sumo” robots are spawned in a black circular ring with a white border; the two simulated robots try to push one another out of the ring, the last robot in the ring wins. Students get to design the chassis in 3D CAD, and write the software for the robot using ROS.

UTRA hosts an online simulated autonomous mini-sumo competition at the end of the year, where the teams compete for bragging rights amongst their peers. We organize tutorial sessions which cover most of the necessary know-how, practical, and theoretical concepts required in the two areas involved.



The competition will be open only to undergraduate students of University of Toronto. In addition, a student may not compete in the competition more than once. This is to encourage students to move on to UTRA’s bigger teams. We are letting you choose your own groups and highly recommend that you get into groups of three. We recommend teams of 3, but will allow teams of 1 to 5. If your team consists of 6 or more, you will be required to divide into 2 groups.

Past Competitions