1992 AAAI Robot Exhibition and Competition

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The first Robotics Exhibition and Competition sponsored by the American Association for Artificial Intelligence was held in San Jose, California, on 14-16 July 1992 in conjunction with the Tenth National Conference on AI. This article describes the history behind the competition, the preparations leading to the competition, the threedays during which 12 teams competed in the three events making up the competition, and the prospects for other such competitions in the future. Advanced sensors and efficient actuators and power systems are now available for a wide range of applications. Related technology in vision, planning, and learning has also matured, and the time is ripe for a marriage of these technologies. Further, the growing economic incentives for robotic systems point the way to challenging research.


A Review of the First AAAI Robotics Competition R. Peter Bonasso

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Robot applications, especially those in the service sector, require relatively sophisticated reasoning abilities, since service robots must cope with a far wider and less controllable range of situations than robots confined to factories. The recent advances in technology and anticipated changes in the demand for advanced robots led the American Association for Artificial Intelligence to sponsor a combined exhibition and competition to call attention to applications and technological challenges bearing directly on its members' expertise. The exhibition/competition was designed to promote interaction among a wide range of industry and university researchers interested in these new applications of intelligent robotics. It featured robots, videos, and graphic images from university and industrial research laboratories around the world. The competition stressed the range of tasks robots must master to move about in an unstructured environment and cope with interference, both deliberate and inadvertent, from the humans with whom they share that environment. These robotics applications focus on apparently mundane tasks that are in fact every bit as complicated as more traditional AI tasks (e.g., playing master-level chess or providing decision support for airtraffic control) in terms of the interplay of behaviors and the physical interaction of the robot with the real world. These applications demand a degree of autonomy and robust execution unparalleled in prior commercial applications of AI technology.


A Retrospective of the AAAI Robot Competitions

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This article is the content of an invited talk given by the authors at the Thirteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-96). The piece begins with a short history of the competition, then discusses the technical challenges and the political and cultural issues associated with bringing it off every year. We also cover the science and engineering involved with the robot tasks and the educational and commercial aspects of the competition. We finish with a discussion of the community formed by the organizers, participants, and the conference attendees. The original talk made liberal use of video clips and slide photographs; so, we have expanded the text and added photographs to make up for the lack of such media.


A Retrospective of the AAAI Robot Competitions

AI Magazine

This article is the content of an invited talk given by the authors at the Thirteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-96). The piece begins with a short history of the competition, then discusses the technical challenges and the political and cultural issues associated with bringing it off every year. We also cover the science and engineering involved with the robot tasks and the educational and commercial aspects of the competition. We finish with a discussion of the community formed by the organizers, participants, and the conference attendees. The original talk made liberal use of video clips and slide photographs; so, we have expanded the text and added photographs to make up for the lack of such media.


Ten Years of the AAAI Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition

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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.