We are announcing the launch of a new contest in the fields of Machine
Learning and Artificial Intelligence. The contest is aimed at all C++
programmers and does not require knowledge of either Machine Learning
or Artificial Intelligence in general.
The contest begins today and will end on June 7th, 2013, after which
three winners will each be awarded a NEXUS 7 Android Tablet (32Gb, 3G).
Contestants participate by submitting short C++ snippets, which we
call "heuristics", designed to help a robot navigate a simulated 3D
environment and solve a series of tasks (e.g. "Reach a red flag in a
rectangular room"). Each of these heuristics receives as input the
image corresponding to the robot's field of view, and should produce
values ("features") which will then be used by a learning algorithm
which attempts to mimic a "teacher".
The performance of a heuristic, or of a group of heuristics, is
assessed by measuring how frequently the robot behavior coincides with
that of the teacher.
Three prizes will be awarded:
- Two for Best Accuracy. The contestants will be ranked for each task
according to the accuracy they obtained, the winners shall be the
two contestants with the highest average ranks.
- One for Best Contribution. The submissions of the contestants
ranked 3rd to 12th, according to their average rank, will be
assessed by a jury composed of researchers involved in the MASH
project. The jury will award the prize according to the generality
and originality of the heuristics.
Each of the three winners will receive a NEXUS 7 Android Tablet with
32Gb RAM and 3G connectivity.
T-shirts and mugs with the MASH project logo will also be awarded to
all contestants in the top-10 of average ranks.
The MASH project is funded by the Information and Communication
Technologies division of the European Commission, Cognitive Systems
and Robotics unit, under the 7th Research Framework Program. The
sub-project VELASH on object detection is funded by the Swiss National