The Eleventh Annual AAAI Robot Competition and Exhibition was held at the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in August 2002. This article describes each of the events that were held: Robot Challenge, Robot Exhibition, Robot Host, and Robot Rescue. Usually those attendees with names beginning AL are encouraged to line up behind one desk, and M-Z line up behind another. However, the 2002 National Conference on Artificial Intelligence included another desk: Robots! Some robots at the 2002 American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition actually registered for the conference on their own.
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.
The Twelfth Annual Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Robot Competition and Exhibition was held in Acapulco, Mexico, in conjunction with the Eighteenth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. The events included the Robot Host and Urban Search and Rescue competitions, the AAAI Robot Challenge, and the Robot Exhibition. In the Urban Search and Rescue competition, teams attempted to find victims in a simulated disaster area using teleoperated, semiautonomous, and autonomous robots. The AAAI Robot Challenge is a noncompetitive event where the robots attempt to attend the conference by locating the registration booth, registering for the conference, and then giving a talk to an audience.