Gustafson, David A.

The Robot Host Competition at the AAAI-2002 Mobile Robot Competition

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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? 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.

The Hors d'Oeuvres Event at the AAAI-2001 Mobile Robot Competition

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Serving hors d'oeuvres is not as easy as it might seem! You have to move carefully between people, gently and politely offer them hors d'oeuvres, make sure that you have not forgotten to serve someone in the room, and refill the serving tray when required. These are the challenges that robots have to face in the Hors d'Oeuvres, Anyone?

Kansas State's Slick Willie Robot Software

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Robotics Team 1 from Kansas State University was the team that perfectly completed the Office Navigation event in the shortest time at the fifth Annual AAAI Mobile Robot Competition and Exhibition, held as part of the Thirteenth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence. The team, consisting of Michael Novak and Darrel Fossett, developed its code in an undergraduate software-engineering course. Its C code used multiple threads to provide separate autonomous agents to solve the meeting scheduling task, control the sonar sensors, and control the actual robot motion. The team's robot software was nicknamed SLICK WILLIE for the way it gracefully moved through doorways and around obstacles.