Kansas State's Slick Willie Robot Software

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Robotics Team 1 from Kansas State University was the team that perfectly completed the Office Navigation event in the shortest time at the fifth Annual AAAI Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition, held as part of the Thirteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence. The team, consisting of Michael Novak and Darrel Fossett, developed its code in an undergraduate software-engineering course. Its C++ code used multiple threads to provide separate autonomous agents to solve the meeting scheduling task, control the sonar sensors, and control the actual robot motion. The team's robot software was nicknamed SLICK WILLIE for the way it gracefully moved through doorways and around obstacles. The resulting code was robust and performed excellently.


Kansas State's Slick Willie Robot Software

AI Magazine

Robotics Team 1 from Kansas State University was the team that perfectly completed the Office Navigation event in the shortest time at the fifth Annual AAAI Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition, held as part of the Thirteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence. The team, consisting of Michael Novak and Darrel Fossett, developed its code in an undergraduate software-engineering course. Its C code used multiple threads to provide separate autonomous agents to solve the meeting scheduling task, control the sonar sensors, and control the actual robot motion. The team's robot software was nicknamed SLICK WILLIE for the way it gracefully moved through doorways and around obstacles.


Carmel Versus Flakey: A Comparison of Two Winners

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The University of Michigan's CARMEL and SRI International's FLAKEY were the first- and second-place finishers, respectively, at the 1992 Robot Competition sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. The two teams used vastly different approaches in the design of their robots. Many of these differences were for technical reasons, although time constraints, financial resources, and long-term research objectives also played a part. This article gives a technical comparison of CARMEL and FLAKEY, focusing on design issues that were not directly reflected in the scoring criteria.


Kansas State Robotics Todd

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The robotics team from Kansas State University consists of three undergraduates, one graduate student, and a faculty advisor from the Department of Computing and Information Sciences. The group intends to compete in the "Find the Remote" event at this year's AAAI 97 Mobile Robotics Competition in Providence, Rhode Island. Kansas State University has participated in each of the last four competitions, placing two teams (second and third place) in last year's "Office Delivery" event. This year's team has two principal goals: to win the "Find the Remote" event and to provide a solid foundation on which to build future entries. The Computing and Information Sciences Department at Kansas State University has developed a software control laboratory for the purpose of exposing undergraduate students to the problems of developing software on real, moving equipment.


Architecture, Representation and Integration: An Example From Robot Navigation

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The research we are doing at the University of Chicago is aimed at building an integrated robotic system for doing simple everyday office tasks like delivering mail, fetching printouts, and cleaning up. Vacuum cleaning is the example task from the Symposium call most closely related to what we are doing. In fact, one of the tasks currently under development is picking up trash and sorting it into wastebaskets: a prerequisite for vacuuming the floor. The focus of the project is trying to bring together four of the areas mentioned in the call for papers: robotics, control theory, computer vision, and AI planning (in the guise of reactive execution). Natural language interaction with the robot is also a goal of the project. This work was supported in part by ONR contract N00014-93-1-0332 and ARPA contract N00014-93-1-1394.