From email@example.com Wed Jun 11 21:09:34 1997 Date: Wed, 11 Jun 1997 17:49:23 -0700 (PDT) From: Kurt Konolige <firstname.lastname@example.org> Message-Id: <199706120049.RAA29810@Flakey.AI.SRI.COM> To: yamauchi@AIC.NRL.Navy.Mil In-reply-to: <9705281833.AA06305@sun11.aic.nrl.navy.mil> (message from Brian Yamauchi on Wed, 28 May 97 14:33:14 EDT) Subject: Re: AAAI Competition cc: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com Precedence: bulk Status: RO
Date: Wed, 28 May 97 14:33:14 EDT From: Brian Yamauchi <yamauchi@AIC.NRL.Navy.Mil>
We're planning to compete in the hors d'oeuvres competition, and we have a few questions about the event.
1) What sort of (non-human) obstacles will be present in the robot area?
2) What sort of lighting is used in the reception area? We use the standard Nomad laser rangefinder, which works well with typical fluorescents, but has problems with broad-spectrum lighting.
3) We plan to have the robot stay within the defined area using dead reckoning, but if the robot wanders out anyway, we can bring it back using a joystick? Would there be a penalty for using the joystick?
4) When the rules say the robot must carry a "standard tray", does this mean a "standard-sized" tray, or does it mean that AAAI will be providing standardized trays for all robots to use?
5) We're throwing around a number of different ideas for hors d'oeuvres, and we were wondering which, if any, of the following would be considered "messy".
- Sushi - Bite-sized chocolates - Foil-wrapped bite-sized chocolates
Brian, glad to see you'll be participating. I'll try to answer some of your questions, and get answers from the AAAI folks to others.
1) You can expect tables, at least, in the reception area; these should have covers that extend down the sides, but I don't know the particulars. We'll try to keep other obstacles to a minimum.
2) Don't know, I'll ask.
3) The rules say you can move it back by "interacting" without penalty. Joysticking isn't really interacting...
4) You can bring your own tray, as far as I'm concerned. In fact it would probably be best if you did. But it should be a reasonably "standard" size.
5) Looks like the snack are going to be provided by AAAI. I'll send out more info.