Sixth Annual Mobile Robot Competition

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This page contains a list of scheduled events, including deadlines for particpants.

See the new schedule grids below for the competition itself.


January 30, 1997

First draft of complete rules for event

February 5-8, 1997

You can exhibit as a dry run at the First International Conference on Autonomous Agents in Marina del Rey.

February 15, 1997

Intent-to-compete web page form completed for all participants. If you intend to request student scholarship funds to support travel you must complete an intent-to-compete form no later than 2/15. These intent-to-compete forms are non-binding but are essential for planning purposes on our part.

March 5, 1997

AAAI Proceedings author packets mailed out to registered participants.

April 2, 1997

Camera-ready 2-page papers due for AAAI Proceedings (subject to review). This was originally estimated to be March 15, but it has been moved to this later date.

Saturday, July 26, 1997

Teams may enter hall at noon.

Tuesday, July 29, 1997

9:00-11:00 AM Home Vacuum Phase 1
10:00 AM Hall opens
10:00 AM-5:30 PM Exhibition
10:00 AM-2:00 PM Find Life on Mars Preliminaries
12:00-2:00 PM Hors d'Oeuvres Anyone? Preliminaries
2:00-3:00 PM Invited Talk on Competition Ron Arkin, Georgia Institute of Technology and James Firby, University of Chicago
3:00-5:00 PM Home Vacuum Phase 1
4:00-5:30 PM Find Life on Mars Preliminaries
6:00-7:00 PM Reception & Hors d'Oeuvres Anyone? Finals
7:00 PM Hall closes

Wednesday, July 30, 1997

9:00 AM Hall opens
9:00 AM-5:00 PM Exhibition
11:00 AM-1:00 PM Where's the Remote? Preliminary/Qualifying
1:00-5:00 PM Home Vacuum Phase 2
4:00-5:30 PM Find Life on Mars Preliminaries
5:00 PM Hall closes


Thursday, July 31, 1997

9:00 AM-12:00 PM Where's the Remote? Finals
9:00 AM-1:00 PM Home Vacuum Phase 3
10:00 AM Hall opens
10:00 AM-1:00 PM Exhibition
10:00 AM-1:00 PM Find Life on Mars Finals
1:30 PM Awards Ceremony
3:00 PM Hall closes


Competition contact info:

Robot Competition Co-chairs:

Ronald C. Arkin, Georgia Tech, Mobile Robot Laboratory (email )
Jim Firby, University of Chicago, Artificial Intelligence Lab (email

Robot Exhibition Chair:

Holly Yanco, MIT, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (email

Fundraising Chair:

Robin Murphy, Colorado School of Mines, Center for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (email
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