KSU's Teams at the AAAI96 Robotics Contest
Three teams from the CIS department at KSU partiticipated
in the 5th Annual AAAI Robotics Contest in Portland, Or
from Aug 3 through Aug 8, 1996.
students had a great time and did well in the
The contest was held at the
Portland Convention Center.
a view of contest site
another view of contest site
The competition included many schools.
After a long drive, everyone set up to work and talk
the work space in the competition hall
Kansas State University
Team 1 consisted of computer
science undergraduates Mike Novak and Darrel Fossett. They used
a Nomad200 robot from Nomadic Technology. Their code was written
in C++ using the Linux operating system on a 486 processor.
Sonar was used for navigation and feature recognition, and vision
for determining occupancy of the conference rooms.
The robot scanned
the conference room in multiple directions looking for movement.
used multiple threads to allow monitoring of alignment and
obstacle avoidance concurrently with other control tasks.
Their program re-aligned the robot to the hallway
whenever the walls allowed accurate positioning.
They completed the task in less than 10 minutes with a perfect
Team 1 tied for second place in the contest.
view of competiton.
another view of competiton.
Kansas State University
Team 2 consisted of Tom Peterson, John Pruner,
and Jon Newton.
Members of the team that could not attend the conference included
Mike Burgoon and Keith Holcomb. Team 2 also used the Nomad200 robot and their
code was written in C++ using the Linux operating system. They use
sonar for all tasks, including navigation, feature recognition,
and room-occupancy detection. They did not use threads. They successfully
used sonar from the hallway to detect movement in the conference rooms.
Their design was involved a minimalistic approach
to the task. They completed the task in less than 10 minutes with
only a penalty for not entering the conference rooms.
Team 2 tied for third place in the contest.
Kansas State University Team 3 consisted of Pawel Oscizko and
Todd Prater. Their code
for the Nomad200 robot was also written in C++ using the Linux
operating system. Difficulties with re-entering the final room
prevented their competition in the final round.
Alan Alda was there to film the contest for a future
Frontiers of Scientific American show
more Alan Alda
After the final event, everyone gathered to celebrate and relax.
Some people could not stay out of the water fountain
Pawel in the water