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The summer's robotic fun starts in Dallas, TX, where
the Dallas Personal Robotics Group will be holding one of
their Table Top Robotics events with line following, sumo,
and other contests for tiny robots. Next is the AUVS
International Aerial Robotics Competition in Fort Benning,
GA. If you've never seen flying robots compete, you should
plan to attend. Later in the month, there's more AUVS
action — the International Undersea Robotics Competition.
I have a special interest in this one because some friends are
working on an entry. Just last night, we got our first look
at the superstructure. It's not every day that you see a robot
with bilge pumps. Good luck, guys!
— R. Steven Rainwater
For last minute updates and changes, you can always find
the most recent version of the complete Robot Competition
FAQ at Robots.net:
DPRG Table-Top Robot Contest
The Science Place, Dallas, TX
Mini-robots compete on table-top sized courses in
line-following, sumo, and other events.
25-29 AAAI Mobile Robot Competition
San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA
This event has several challenges. Robots must
navigate the conference center in the "Robot
Challenge." They must locate injured humans in
"Robot Rescue" and act as servants to humans in
"Hors d'oeuvres Anyone?"
25-29 Botball National Tournament
San Jose, CA
Held in conjunction with the National Conference
on Educational Robotics and timed to coincide with
this year’s AAAI convention.
28-Aug 1 AUVS International Undersea Robotics
San Diego, CA
Autonomous underwater robots must locate a
target at the bottom of the test arena, deposit a
marker on the target, and proceed to a recovery
zone to surface.
19-24 AUVS International Aerial Robotics
Dismounted Battlespace Battle Lab
Fort Benning, GA
A fully autonomous, 3 km challenge to locate a
particular structure, identify openings in it, fly in or
send in a sensor to find one of three targets, and
relay video or still photographs back to the origin in 3-6
under 15 minutes.
(No confirmed August events)
Dragon*Con Robot Battles
Radio-controlled vehicles destroy each other at a
famous science fiction convention.
19-23 K'Nex K*bot World Championships
Las Vegas, NV 6-7
Three types of events are included: two-wheel
drive autonomous K*bots, four-wheel drive
autonomous K*bots, and radio-controlled Cyber
RoboCup Junior Australia
There are over 600 RoboCup Junior teams
in Australia. Regionals narrow this number down
to about 200 teams that will compete at
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