Every year there is a brand new reinforcement learning competition. This usually consists of new organizers, and a new website! Instead of replacing the old website every year and breaking hundreds of links, we use a different subdomain each year. So, this page will always exist at: http://rl-competition.org And the specific websites for different years are: NIPS Reinforcement Learning Workshop: Benchmarks and Bakeoffs NIPS Reinforcement Learning Workshop: Benchmarks and Bakeoffs II ICML Reinforcement Learning and Benchmarking Event NIPS Workshop: The First Annual Reinforcement Learning Competition The 2008 Reinforcement Learning Competition:: http://2008.rl-competition.org
The International Army Games kicked off with no shortage of explosions in Moscow earlier this month. More than 3,000 military personnel representing 20 different countries came to show off their military strength. Events were live-streamed and consisted of everything from sniper competitions to tank biathlons. There were aircraft shows, underwater challenges, and even the military dogs had a competition of their own. Images of the games captured the intense explosions and action-packed scenes.
The third annual AAAI Robot Competition and Exhibition was held in 1994 during the Twelfth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Seattle, Washington. The competition featured Office Delivery and Office Cleanup events, which demanded competence in navigation, object recognition, and manipulation. The competition was organized into four parts: (1) a preliminary set of trials, (2) the competition finals, (3) a public robot exhibition, and (4) a forum to discuss technical issues in AI and robotics. It also presents the results of the competition and related events and provides suggestions for the direction of future exhibitions.
The first feature is a special section of competition reports, edited by Sven Koenig and Robert Morris. In this issue the section highlights results from three competitions: the Seventh International Planning Competition, the International SAT Solver Competitions, and the Trading Agent Competition. Recurring competitions play an important role in the progress of many AI areas, and Koenig and Morris hope to make coverage of such competitions -- including how the competitions illuminate the state of the art -- an ongoing section in AI Magazine. I thank them for initiating this exciting feature and encourage future submissions. Please see the solicitation and guidelines included in this issue on page 10.