14th Annual MOBOT (MObile RoBOT) Races, Fall Open House

What is a Mobot Race?

An autonomous robotic agent consists of a real physical artifact that includesperception, action, and reasoning capabilities. The robot needs to be able toperceive features of the world and to navigate towards the achievement of itsgoals. Building an autonomous robotic agent is a challenging task of greatinterest to the advance of the scientific areas of robotics and artificial intelligence.

But Mobot design and construction is for everyone on campus....and individualsand teams from all departments (or across departments) are invited to participate!Students (faculty, staff and even alums) are welcome to work their magic for theraces held Carnival Weekend (Friday, April 18).

Come find out what the Mobot Races are all about. Past competitors andmembers of the Mobot Committee will be on hand to explain the race and toanswer any questions.

And yes, there will be pizza...

Concretely --- in the Mobot competition, the robot needs to follow a white line, onthe ground, outdoors, along a specific path. This task includes a set of technical difficulties,including the mechanical construction of the robot to allow for outdoors navigationon non-flat terrain; the development of robot sensors to robustly detect the relevantfeatures of the task, in particular the white line; and reasoning rules that allow therobot to select the appropriate actions. Participants in the competition successfullyacquire hands-on (and during the race no-hands on!) research experience in thisfull range of scientific challenges.These are tough issues and no one need work alone.Teams are more than welcomed! See the website for more details.

For More Information, Please Contact: 
Catherine Copetas, copetas@cs.cmu.edu