Robot-Building Lab and Contest at the 1993 National AI Conference

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A robot-building lab and contest was held at the Eleventh National Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Teams of three worked day and night for 72 hours to build tabletop autonomous robots of legos, a small microcontroller board, and sensors. The robots then competed head to head in two events. I was one of the developers of JACK, the second-place finisher in the Coffeepot event. This article contains my personal recollections of the lab and contest.


Robot-Building Lab and Contest at the 1993 National AI Conference

AI Magazine

A robot-building lab and contest was held at the Eleventh National Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Teams of three worked day and night for 72 hours to build tabletop autonomous robots of legos, a small microcontroller board, and sensors. The robots then competed head to head in two events. This article contains my personal recollections of the lab and contest.


The Winning Robots from the 1993 Robot Competition

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The second annual Robot Competition and Exhibition sponsored by the American Association for Artificial Intelligence was held in Washington D.C. on 13-15 July 1993 in conjunction with the Eleventh National Conference on Artificial Intelligence. This article describes the robots that placed first and second in each event and compares their strategies and their resulting successes and difficulties. The unifying theme for these events was autonomous robotics in realistic office environments. In the first event, Escape from the Office, the objective was to maneuver out of a confined space, simultaneously avoiding realworld office furniture, including difficult-tosee objects such as chairs and tables with thin legs, and then to quickly complete a slalom course and recognize the finish wall. In the second event, Office Delivery, the objective was to self-locate using an office map, search an area for a given object (a coffeepot), and then navigate to a specified delivery area.


The Winning Robots from the 1993 Robot Competition

AI Magazine

The second annual Robot Competition and Exhibition sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence was held in Washington D.C. on 13-15 July 1993 in conjunction with the Eleventh National Conference on Artificial Intelligence. This article describes the robots that placed first and second in each event and compares their strategies and their resulting successes and difficulties.


The Long-Term Effects of Secondary Sensing

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To integrate robotics into society, it is first necessary to measure and analyze current societal responses to areas within robotics. This article is the second in a continuing series of reports on the societal effects of various aspects of robotics. In my previous article, I discussed the problems of sensor abuse and outlined a program of treatment. However, despite the wide dissemination of that article, there are still numerous empty beds at the Susan Calvin Clinic for the Prevention of Sensor Abuse. Sensor abuse continues unabated despite strong evidence that there is a better way.