The "Hors d'Oeuvres, Anyone?" Event

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The first Hors d'Oeuvres, Anyone? event at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Mobile Robot Competition was held in 1997. Five teams entered their robotic waiters into the contest. After a preliminary round to judge the safety of the robots, the robots served conference attendees at the opening reception of the Fourteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence.


Profile of a Winner: Brandeis University and Ullanta Performance Robotics ' " Robotic Love Triangle "

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Effectiveness included safety, coverage of the reception area, recognition of humans, offering of hors d'oeuvres, and detection of need for refills; entertainment value was determined by popular vote. To fully exploit the talents of our team, drawn from Brandeis's multirobot Interaction Lab and robotic theater troupe Ullanta Performance Robotics, we entered a team of three dramatically interacting robots. At this height, they could neither effectively serve nor avoid being tripped over in the crowd, and our participation in the Find-Life-on-Mars event dictated that we be able to switch software and hardware to turn a Mars exploration team into a domestic service staff in fewer than five minutes. We contrived a simple manipulator able to physically offer snacks at a convenient height by attaching a 3-foot pole to the back of each robot. On top of this pole was hinged a rigid tube with a snack container at one end and a serving bowl at the other (see figure).



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.


Ten Years of the AAAI Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition

AI Magazine

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.