SPEED-TRIAL RULES

Article 1. Speed trail goal

The speed trial will comprises a pursuit race held by two mRs in a closed track. They will start from opposite points in that track moving ahead the same sense (the track will keep symmetry referred to two axes, which will guarantee each mR to be following a similar path to the other mR). Thus the goal is to reach high speed in a perfectly a priori- known circuit  

 

Article 2. Types of Micro Robots  

mRs must have a maximum size as follows: 20cm wide, 30 cm long and 13 cm high. mRs must be completely autonomous, this means that they will not keep any kind of connection or communication with exterior world. Once the race has started, no direct operation or actuation over them is allowed.

 

Article 3. Races development

A previous classifying-round will be held; afterwards, eliminatory-rounds between every two robots will take place.

Every mR will be placed in a special area reserved for that purpose before the races start. Should any participant not obey this rule, the robot will be automatically disqualified.

When the race starts, the two m robots will be placed in opposite points in the track, at two points marked as starting points respectively. Pursuit will take place after

start-signal.

Micro robot-start on will be turned on either by a switch or ‘rope’. In no case it will be allowed that a mR is turned on before the start-signal has occurred.     

The track is formed by only one 15±5cm-wide lane, limited by two dark lines. These two lines will be 2±0.5cm-wide each one, lying over a clear surface. Start will be taken from the center of the track. mRs may follow either any of the two lines or navigate in between them. A distance of 15±5cm from the track, in the inner part of the track as well as the in outer part, will be set as a limit. If a robot reaches any of these two limits with any part of it, it will be disqualified from the race in which it is participating at that moment.

The curvature radius of the track will always be bigger 40±5cm. A track may have curves in any senses, but it will obviously be closed anyway. Next figures are shown as an example.


Surfaces over the tracks lie on may present small irregularities (they may not be perfectly flat). Refractivity ratio between dark and clear zones of the surface will be lower than 0.5. As the track may be illuminated with different intensity-levels of light, sensors might be configurable right in the place, in order to avoid possible variations in the magnitude of their parameters. Conditions may vary from a very low light-level illuminated track (dark conditions) to an over illuminated-one. Some trials might also be realized outdoors, under sun light- illumination conditions.

Before the events take place, definite design and dimensions of the track will be delivered to every participant.

 

Article 4. Evaluation of races   

Races will be evaluated as follows:

  1. Classifying round: every mR will participate on its own. The time it takes to cover a certain number of turns will be computed (best time of two attempts will be considered). The goal of this step is to make a selection of the best mRs for the next round
  1. Eliminatory and final rounds: in next rounds every couple of mRs will be formed following the order set in previous round (classifying one). The first one will go against the last one, the second one against the one before the last one, and so forth. After each round, the half of all the mRs competing in that round will be eliminated (from every couple a winner will go ahead). The two best mRs will eventually fight in the last round.

In the eliminatory rounds the winner will be the best of three turns, being considered the winner of a single turn the one that:     

  1. Is able to reach its rival
  1. The referees declare as winner, in the case that after 3 m, no robot has reached the other. The referees will take into account the distance between both robots at the moment that the race stops. In any case, the decision of the referees will admit no discussion.  

Article 5. Participant teams  

A team can be formed by four persons at the most. One of them will be the spokesman and will be in charge of manipulating the robot during the competition. This person is the only member of the team who will be allowed to enter into the competition area, being the other members of the team not allowed to do so.


Article 6. Training sessions and publicity

Before the races begin the organizer committee will let participants know the shape of the tracks. The type of material the tracks are made with will be known as well. This information will be offered quite enough time before the races take place.

Every participant subscribed will be able to make use of training sessions in the definite circuits (or identical ones), during the previous days to the trials. During those training sessions, organizing committee might take photos or film the mRs. Organizing committee is firmly engaged in not publishing these images until the competition begins, or later.

The external appearance of the mR the day of the race must be the same as in training sessions       

Article 7. Polite aspect of Micro Robot and behaviour of participants

Participants compromise themselves by behaving properly, according to the pre-established proper-behaviour canons in any activities related to the competition. It includes either the race itself, or training sessions, etc. They will take special care not to say words that can be considered as an insult to the referees, or any other participant, mR, etc. They will not enter into the competition area either; any indications made by referees must be obeyed. No compliance with these rules must lead to disqualification of the robot.        

With reference to the external appearance of the mR, it can show the name of the robot, the team, or original school as well, in a quite visible place. In case it showed any kind of publicity, it should be communicated in the subscription form. Organizing committee will decide whether the robot is allowed to participate or not under described conditions. In any case, any sentences or inscriptions that could mean any ethnical rejections, illegal watchwords, etc., will not obviously be permitted

Article 8. Rules modification rights

 

The organization committee keeps the right to make any changes in the rules, being it properly communicated before