The contest in the USA:
|The aim of this contest is to favor the development of robotics in its current
use. The suggested application is the fight against fire. This fight can be considerably
simplified with the use of robots. Their advantages are the speed of intervention
and the local action. Above all, their autonomy limits the risks of human
losses. Those robots are able to act in houses where they can be stored. When fire
breaks out, they can immediately be put into action.
Such an environment is simulated, at the
contest, by a model containing 4 rooms. In one of those rooms is placed a candle. The
robot starts at a well-known position with the goal to find and extinguish the
candle. There are obstacles in the rooms and ramps in the corridors to make the
environment more realistic.
|The contest is held on 15th and 16th of April 2000 at Trinity College (Hartford,
Connecticut). About 100 teams take part. They mainly come from the eliminatory
contests (Calgary, Dallas, Philadelphia, Seattle and Tel Aviv), but registration is
open for everyone.