2006 Scavenger Hunt Schedule

This is an outline of the schedule as it relates to the scavenger hunt event of the Mobile Robot Compeititon and Exhibition. Accommocations may be made for teams whose travel needs don't allow them to keep this schedule. Please contact Zach Dodds (dodds@cs.hmc.edu) if this is the case.

Sunday, 7/16/06 Arrival
Teams arrive and can start setting up in the work room. Paul Rybski and Jeff Forbes (general chairs) and Paul Oh (Scavenger Hunt Chair) will be available.

Monday, 7/17/06 Poster area, Calibration, and Set up Teams arrive and can set up both in the work room and at their poster area (don't leave equipment unattended, of course!). Teams may use any nearby area to calibrate and set up their systems' demonstration-phase activities to be held on 7/18. Paul Oh will delimit an area that will be used for the challenge-phase activites, to be held on 7/19.

Tuesday, 7/18/06 Demonstration Phase Paul will hand over the coordination of the scavenger hunt to Zach Dodds on this day. Some time between 5:30pm-8:30pm, teams should plan to demonstrate their systems (as described on the main scavenger hunt page). Earlier times can be arranged, if needed.

As noted, this demonstration phase gives teams a chance to highlight their systems' capabilities and the work they have done. The judges will likely ask questions and suggest possible courses of action for the robots, but this portion of the contest is primarily guided by environmental scenarios chosen by and/or created by the teams themselves. Show off!

Wednesday, 7/19/06 Challenge Phase Teams are welcome to use the morning and early afternoon further calibrating, testing, or tuning their systems. Some time between 5:30pm-9:30pm, teams should plan to run their systems in the challenge phase of the competition (again, as described on the main scavenger hunt page). Earlier times can be arranged, if needed.

As noted, this challenge phase will involve scenarios in which the judges place objects around the environment and may constrain the starting location of the robot to within a designated area. If a robot is capable of asking for instructions (or help), the judges will be the primary intermediaries.

Even though this portion of the contest focuses on situations that the teams do not construct themselves, there is still significant leeway for teams to adapt the contest to their interests. Scoring will be done based on the criteria on the scoring sheets (see main page), some of which is, of course, inevitably subjective. Sophistication and robustness of spatial reasoning are the primary considerations for this event.

Note that technical awards and the first-place award will be given (at the start of the workshop on 7/20), based on both the demonstration and challenge phases.

Thursday, 7/20/06 Robot Workshop Teams receiving travel funding should prepare a short presentation about their system for this workshop. In addition, both first-place and technical awards will be presented. The exact starting time of the workshop will be announced at AAAI.