Welcome to the 2009 Student Robotics Challenge, held in conjuction with the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence.
Robots - and the AI algorithms that control them - are quickly maturing as resources that help convey computer science, engineering, and many other curricula. This venue offers an accessible and flexible opportunity for undergraduate, early graduate, or pre-college student teams to design, implement, and demonstrate an autonomous robotic system. The tasks involved are fundamental to AI: to explore, manipulate, and learn an unknown environment. In the long run, we hope to motivate hands-on AI robotics investigation both for its own sake and in service to other academic disciplines and educational goals.
IJCAI 2009 Student Robotics Challenge
July 13-16, 2009, Pasadena, CA, USA
The IJCAI 2009 Student Robotics Challenge invites entries by teams or individuals. Entries consist of one or more physical robots that will exhibit a subset of these skills:
- exploration -- safely traversing the environment
- manipulation -- gathering landmarks or other tokens from the environment
- modeling -- collecting and reporting information about the surroundings and/or landmarks
We welcome questions, suggestions,
and comments -- let us know what you think!
A more detailed set of task guidelines appears at this link.
Teams and individuals interested in participating should submit a 1 page plain-text proposal, by March 30, 2009, containing
- the names and institution(s) of the team member(s) and advisor(s);
- the hardware and software that you plan to use in the challenge;
- a brief description of the approach(es) you're considering for one or more of the tasks.
ACCEPTANCE notifications will be sent out by April 5, 2009.
TRAVEL SUPPORT may be possible for participants and their hardware, depending on available funds and level of demand.
PRIZES will be awarded, both overall and as judges' awards and blue ribbons for excellence in individual subtasks, systems, and/or facets of system design.
PUBLICATION of your contribution as part of the Robotics Program proceedings will be an option for participants, though it will not be required. The deadline for inclusion in the proceedings is about a month after IJCAI.
The IJCAI 2009 Robotics site can be consulted for more information about the workshop and all of the robotics events: http://robotics.cs.brown.edu/ijcai09/
A detailed schedule specific to the student robotics challenge will be posted closer to the event.
Please contact the organizers for any details: