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The 1997 AAAI Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition

AI Magazine

In July 1997, the Sixth Annual American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition was held. The competition consisted of four new events: (1) Find Life on Mars; (2) Find the Remote; (3) Home Vacuum; and (4) Hors d'Oeuvres, Anyone? The robot exhibition was the largest in AAAI history. This article presents the history, motivation, and contributions for the event. Based on the successes of the five earlier AAAI competitions, it was decided that introducing less structure into the competition venues would be more challenging, and indeed it was. Four new events were held: (1) Find Life on Mars; (2) Find the Remote; (3) Home Vacuum; and (4) Hors d'Oeuvres, Anyone? Each event posed new and different challenges to the robot team competitors than the officeenvironment tasks of past events. In this issue of AI Magazine, a series of articles describes the individual events and their results, often with associated profiles of winners and highlights of ...


The 1997 AAAI Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition

AI Magazine

In July 1997, the Sixth Annual Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition was held. The competition consisted of four new events: (1) Find Life on Mars; (2) Find the Remote; (3) Home Vacuum; and (4) Hors d'Oeuvres, Anyone? The robot exhibition was the largest in AAAI history. This article presents the history, motivation, and contributions for the event.


The 2000 AAAI Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition

AI Magazine

Unlike and Exhibition, held 30 July to 3 other contests over the years, there were no August 2000 in Austin, Texas. This year's event artificial walls or constraints in this brought six contest teams and nine exhibition event--the robots had to interact with regular teams from the United States and Canada. Robots were judged on to compete and demonstrate state-ofthe-art the quality of their interactions, coverage, research in robotics and AI (figure 1). An article by the winning team, The competition and exhibition is actually which better describes their approach and made up of multiple events: several contests, a robot, can be found in this issue of AI Magazine. Kortenkamp, Nourbakhsh, and Hinkle (1997); In January 2000, a suggestion was made to Arkin (1998); and Meeden et al. (2000).


The 2000 AAAI Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition

AI Magazine

The events of the Ninth AAAI Robot Competition and Exhibition, held 30 July to 3 August 2000, included the popular Hors d'Oeuvres Anyone? and Challenge events as well as a new event, Urban Search and Rescue. Here, I describe these events as well as the exhibition and the concluding workshop. This year's event brought six contest teams and nine exhibition teams from the United States and Canada. The Robot Contest and Exhibition brings together teams from universities and other laboratories to compete and demonstrate state-ofthe-art research in robotics and AI (figure 1). The contest and exhibit have several goals: (1) encourage students to enter robotics and AI fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, (2) increase awareness of the field, and (3) foster the sharing of research ideas and technology. The competition and exhibition is actually made up of multiple events: several contests, a challenge event, an exhibit, and a final workshop for all participants. Descriptions of previous years events can be found in Dean and Bonasso (1993); Konolige (1994); Simmons (1995); Hinkle, Kortenkamp and Miller (1996); Kortenkamp, Nourbakhsh, and Hinkle (1997); Arkin (1998); and Meeden et al. (2000). The competition this year consisted of two events: Hors d'Oeuvres, Anyone? and a new event, Urban Search and Rescue. The event stresses human-robot interaction, as well as mobility, and each contestant is required to explicitly and unambiguously demonstrate interaction with the spectators. The fourth year for this popular event, the robots are judged while they serve finger foods to attendees at the AI Festival. Unlike other contests over the years, there were no artificial walls or constraints in this event--the robots had to interact with regular conference participants, and no attempt was made to limit the number of people interacting with each robot. Robots were judged on the quality of their interactions, coverage, and ability to refill their trays (such as detecting when they needed a refill and navigating to a refill station). In January 2000, a suggestion was made to introduce a new contest, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR).


Ten Years of the AAAI Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition

AI Magazine

Summer 2001 marked the tenth AAAI Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition. A decade of contests and exhibitions have inspired innovation and research in AI robotics. Here we look back at the origins of the contest and how it evolved. We also reflect on how the contest has served as an arena for important debates in the AI and robotics communities. The article closes with a speculative look forward to the next decade of AAAI robot competitions.