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.
This summer's AI conference in Acapulco offered attendees wide variety of program choices as well as ample time to catch up with friends and colleagues. For many, scheduling time was probably the biggest challenge because the conference included numerous invited speakers, 189 technical paper presentations, 93 posters, a Mobile Robot Competition, 19 Innovative Applications of AI (IAAI) award-winning paper presentations, a Trading Agents Competition, a special track on AI and the web, and the vendor exhibit.
Traditionally, the workshop for the AAAI Robot Competition and Exhibition is held the last day of the NCAI conference, after the robot competition events and exhibitions have conduded. This allows the participants to discuss their actual entries in the robot events, and to talk abouthe results and lessons learned. The events of the Ninth AAAI Robot Competition and exhibition, held July 30 - August 3, 2000, included the popular "Hors d'oeuvres Anyone?" and Challenge competition events, and a new competition event, "Urban Search and Rescue." The exhibition induded groups that wanted to demonstrate work outside of the robot competitions. Students and faculty from University of Arkansas, Northwestern University, Universite de Sherbrooke, Swarthmore College, University of South Florida, and Kansas State University presented research related to contest events.
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