Re: Schools' Competition
Could be good for Tecnogames. as they like to compare times year on year and
that's not really possible with a changing maze.
I don't think it would take a lot to build a wall follower out of the Nelex
Maybe the slots in the posts should be mentioned in the rules.
It was a pity to see some very good mice fail because of them.
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To: Martin Smith <M.C.B.Smith@uel.ac.uk>
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Subject: Re: Schools' Competition
I certainly agree with the thurst of Martin's argument, but I wasn't
really proposing a new format, simply a standard mini-maze for an existing
format (our wall follower class). As has been noted elsewhere, schools'
designs are often not robust wrt bumpy walls and so on, and I think having
a very standard maze that they could definitely get round would be
You know that I also favour having a standard 'sprint' maze for full maze
solvers that would test the dynamics of the vehicle and allow record times
to be established year-on-year. In that spirit, perhaps we should call
Duncan's proposed route the 'sprint wall-follower maze' and again use it
to establish world record times.
The comments about Robofesta are also welcome: perhaps Jeff could comment
on progress towards the 2004 goal for the list (attendees of MINOS'01 will
have heard Jeff's presentation but I have so far failed to put the
transcript up on the Web...)
On Mon, 25 Jun 2001, Martin Smith wrote:
> I suggest that a new competition is only developed as a last resort.
> We should attempt to be compatible with existing contests in my
> view. I think there are around 100 different robot contest formats
> from around the world. Robofesta alone has 16 different robot
> competitions in it. Some that have successfully evolved over the
> years are robotrace and robotrace junior (robofesta.net/e-
> contents/rules.htm). [There are lots of micromouse links on this
> site]. Robofesta will come to europe in 2004 and through the
> BBC's Blue Peter some UK contestants are going to Japan to
> compete this year. This is largely as a result of the work of Jeff
> Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Similarly probably over 1000
> Minimal Micromouse kits have been sold by Steve Wooley see
> (www.nelex.org.uk). The kits cost around £10 each.
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