The goal of the Robot Challenge is to work toward the development an interactive social robot. Toward that end, the Challenge requires a robot participate in the AAAI conference. Aspects of conference participation goals include: locating the conference registration desk, registering for the conference, perform volunteer duties, and present talk (and answer questions) at a prescribed time and location. Additionally, the robot should socially interact with other conference participants. Navigational technical challenges include dynamic crowded environments, natural landmark detection, direction understanding and following, and map reading. Social interaction challenges may include natural conversation regarding the robot and the conference and personalization of conversation with recognized individuals (by name, badge, or face). All of these things should be done in as close to the normal environment as possible.
Try to keep some distance so that it doesn't look like you are shepherding or controlling the robot. Do make sure to have somebody on hand to talk to the audience and answer questions (and to step in if anything goes wrong!), but it is important that your entry be able to stand on its own without need for explanation. We will be having a talk by each robot (hopefully, or by a human if necessary) so that you can answer questions.
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