October Robot Competition FAQ Posted
Posted 8 Oct 2002 at 13:30 UTC by steve
The October edition of the Robot Competition
FAQ is now available here and on comp.robotics.misc. Five new
competitions were added this month. Three were more of the
Battlebot-type events for radio-control vehicles but the other two are
autonomous robot competitions: The DPRG Table-Top Robot
Contest and RoboCup
Junior Australia. RoboCup Junior has the distinction of being the
only robot competition I'm aware of with a dancing
It would be very useful to have a location-based version of this
listing. I live in the UK but the majority of events are US based
(unsurprisingly). It would be great to be able to quickly spot uk
events. If the list is short for a country / state, it might also
encourage more people to register competitions there :)
I get occasional requests for different types of sorting on the
competition FAQ. I've never come up with a format that pleased everyone
but the combination of the date sorting at the top and alpha sorting
below seems to produce the minimal number of complaints. :-) You can,
however, search the list for "UK". I've tried to keep all the location
entries consistent so searches should work okay. One of these days, I'll
do some sort of dynamic sorting for the web version...
Unfortunately there's not much in the UK that I know of except for two
Micromouse competitions and Robot Wars. If you know of any others, send
me a URL or some contact info and I'll get them added to the list. Oddly
I've had a hard time
finding dates for Micromouse competitions lately. Both the UK events and
even the All Japan Micromouse Contest (which has been around for a long
time) seem to have no current info available online. Has Micromouse gone
out of fashion, I wonder?
I suspect that might be exactly the reason. After all, what is the point
in spending time and money building a small and dull looking robot that
just wanders around a maze when you could build a big impressive one
that bashes up other robots...
Even for respectable robotics labs, the publicity of the battlebots and
robot wars events is a little too much to ignore :(
As with all intelligent robotics competitions - such as the robosoccer
games - they are just not as impressive somehow. Shame.
Can you be more specific than "incorrect"?
Some of the FIRST events are now way out of date.
The 2003 schedule is now available at www.usfirst.org, but that does not
include the various off-season competitions not hosted by FIRST.
FIRST Information, posted 11 Oct 2002 at 16:16 UTC by steve »
The only event I show on the FAQ for competitions with multiple regions
is generally the national or final event of each season. For FIRST I
show April 25-27, 2002 as last years Nationals Championship date and for
next year, I have April 2003 which is as precise as I can be until they
release final dates for the championship. But both dates are correct
according to all the information I have access to at this time.