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.
Robots in the Robot Host competition, part of the Eighteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-2002) Mobile Robot Competition faced two challenges: (1) a serving task that was similar to the Hors d'Oeuvres, Anyone? event of previous years and (2) a new information kiosk task. Both tasks required moving carefully among people, politely offering them information or hors d'oeuvres, recognizing when the people are making a request, and answering the request.
In July 1997, the Sixth Annual Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition was held. The competition consisted of four new events: (1) Find Life on Mars; (2) Find the Remote; (3) Home Vacuum; and (4) Hors d'Oeuvres, Anyone? The robot exhibition was the largest in AAAI history. This article presents the history, motivation, and contributions for the event.
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. 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.