Who are we?

RoboSlam is the work of a team of volunteers who are committed to promoting STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) and encouraging people to make the jump from being users of technology to being creators of technology. The core team (see below) are teachers and researchers in the Dublin Institute of Technology, but the RoboSlam project also relies on a group of volunteer facilitators who generously give their time to make the workshops possible.

Damon Berry

I have been a lecturer in the School of Electrical Engineering Systems, Dublin Institute of Technology since 2000. I currently deliver computing and technology modules to  programmes in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. My primary research interest is health informatics. I am involved (with Ted) in the highly successful (and addictive!) Annual DIT  “RoboSumo” challenge. This resource and the associated workshop is an attempt to distill some of the fun and magic of our robotics-related activities and bring it to a wider audience.

Ted Burke

I’m a lecturer in Electrical Engineering at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Among other subjects, I teach Programming, Robotics, Engineering Design and Biomedical Engineering. Ostensibly, my primary research interest is signal processing (especially biomedical signals), but I think I actually spend more of my creative time programming and building robots.

I write about some of my projects on my blog:

I also have blog pages for some of the subjects I teach, including the following:

Shannon Chance

I’m a design professor and educational researcher from the United States. Last year, I served as a Fulbright Scholar to DIT in the area of engineering education, studying the innovative, hands-on approaches Ted, Damon, and their colleagues are using to teach electrical engineering and product design and manufacturing.

I maintain a blog about my Fulbright experiences and other interests at:

Frank Duignan

Frank Duignan photoFrank is a lecturer in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at DIT. His areas of interest include:

  • Interfacing hardware and writing programs for the TI MSP430 and ARM microprocessors.
  • Linux system programming (various rpc methods and a little bit relating to device drivers)

Further information on some of Frank’s projects can be found on his DIT web page:


Ivan Twohig, Richard Hayes, Emma Robinson, Michael Core, John McGrory, Finbarr O’Meara, David Dorran, Ruth Coffey, Colm Murray, Paula Kelly, Kevin Delaney, Ger Reilly, Susan O’Shaughnessy, Des Kernan, Shane Ormonde, Claragh Patton Kelly, Paul Banahan, Charlie Pritchard, Frank Daly.

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2 Responses to Who are we?

  1. Jo McCan says:

    Hi I’m contacting you from Cashel Arts Festival and we are wondering about having a roboslam workshop as part of our festival in November 2015. Please would you let me know how we go about organising this and what age groups can do this.

    Kind regards Jo McCan


    • batchloaf says:

      Hi Jo,

      Sincere apologies for the delay in responding. I’m afraid your message slipped through the cracks! We have previously run RoboSlam workshops at festivals, and we would definitely consider doing it again if the circumstances permit and it’s a good fit. I’ll contact you by email to discuss.



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