From email@example.com Fri Mar 7 06:38:36 1997 by casbah.gatech.edu (8.8.5/8.8.5) with ESMTP id GAA27179 for <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Fri, 7 Mar 1997 06:27:09 -0500 (EST) Date: Fri, 7 Mar 1997 06:13:40 -0500 (EST) From: email@example.com (Ronald Arkin) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Preliminary Rules for Hors d'oeuvres anyone event Cc: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Precedence: bulk Status: RO
Attached below are the complete rules for the hors d`oeuvres anyone event. Anyone who is interested in competing in this event and has questions regarding the rules should contact Kurt Konolige (email@example.com) for clarification.
N.B. These are not the absolute final rules. Competitors will have one month to bring up issues with the rule committee prior to their solidification.
================================================================ AAAI-97 Mobile Robot Competition Event 4 Draft of March 7, 1997 Comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hors d'oeuvres event
This event will occur at the AAAI main reception where there will be heavy interaction with the attendees. Judging will be conducted by the attendees and the event organizers. The goal is to provide solid refreshments to the attendees in close quarters. Safety and self-protection are paramount. A human escort (only one allowed per team within the area) will always be nearby for safety and control of the robot (i.e., if it moves out of the designated area), but is limited in their interaction with the attendees. The robots must be fully autonomous. The escort can also replenish the hors d'oeuvres on an as-needed basis.
Preliminaries will be conducted prior to the reception to ensure that the robots are safe: both from harming the attendees as well as for their own self-protection. Teams must demonstrate the following:
a) The robots will not charge into people at high rates of speed. Some bumping may be unavoidable, but large robot platforms moving at high rates of speed are unacceptable. Judges will have discretion here to disquality any dangerous entrants, or to ask teams to modify their robot's movement parameters.
b) The hors d'oeuvres must be solid food and cannot be "messy". Exactly what consitutes a messy food is difficult to determine. Solid, single-bite appetizers like pretzels are encouraged. Small, easily-spilled foods like peanuts are discouraged. Please let the event organizers know beforehand what type of food you will be using.
c) Robots must be able to carry some supply of food on a stable tray. The food must stay on the tray under the mild bumps that might be expected at a cocktail party.
d) Robots must be taskable to keep within a given area. That is, the robots should have some method for an escort to turn them away from a forbidden area. This should be done *without* turning off the robot's motors and moving it by hand, i.e., there should be a method for communicating with the robot to have it move in a desired direction.
e) Robots must move around, they cannot stay still except when offering food. It is reasonable to have a (move, offer food, repeat) strategy, where each phase takes some small amount of time.
Preliminaries will be held the day before the reception, at times to be arranged with the organizers.
2. Reception activity.
At the reception, a large area will be available to which the robots are confined. The area will be some subset of the reception room, approximately 50 x 50 feet. It will be marked by lines on the floor so that escorts can tell their robot when to cut back.
Attendees will be milling about taking hors d'oeuvres from off the robotic servers. All robots must be capable of carrying a standard tray. Human interaction is the key to success. The robots must move about autonomously within the reception area and can interact by speech, vision, tactile, infrared, or whatever with potential servees. Personality counts here: your job is to have the robots engage the attendees as much as possible, convincing them that they are able servers.
Expect a fair number of attendees, so your robot should be able to deal with crowds.
Robots will be expected to stay in the reception area for an extended period of time, in fact, the whole reception, if possible, which will run some 2-3 hours. If you need to change batteries, you can do this.
Scoring will be based on a combination of audience appreciation (60%) and technical judging (40%).
Audience appreciation: attendees entering the area will receive one token that they can drop in a box corresponding to their favorite server at the exit of the reception. This is analogous to tipping (little batteries are a possibility). The highest scorer will receive 60 points; the rest will receive points based on what percentage of the highest score they achieve, e.g., if the lead robot gets 50 tokens, and your robot gets 10 tokens, it will receive 12 points.
Technical merit: maximum of 40 points.
a) Not bumping into people: 10 points. Robots that are careful to avoid running into people or over their toes will be awarded 10 points. Those that continuously annoy the attendees will be awarded no points. Judges will characterize in-between behavior. No points will be awarded for robots that do not move; in fact, robots *must* move in this contest.
b) Wandering: 10 points. Robots should not stay in one place, but try to wander around. No requirement to cover the entire area, however. Robots should also not get stuck in corners.
c) Staying in area: 5 points. Robots should be taskable to stay within the given area (see above). This explicitly means that escorts should *not* have to turn off the motors and drag them back.
d) Seeking out people: 5 points. Robots that can seek out people will be awarded extra ponits. Distinguishing people from walls and poles is helpful but not absolutely necessary: partial points will be given for any reasonable behavior.
e) Refills: 5 points. Robots that can tell when they need food refills will earn an extra 5 points.
f) Manipulation: 5 points. Robots that can actively offer attendees their wares will be awarded an extra 5 points.
We are really looking for robots with maximum "cute" appeal, so the scoring is biased towards audience participation. The technical points are there so that robots stay within reasonable guidelines.