9 Apr 2008
(updated 10 Jul 2008 at 16:31 UTC) »
The Wintrisstech Roomba Robot contest application deadline has been
extended to June 1, 2008. Each entrant gets a free Roomba Create
free Sun Microsystems SPOT controller. Other Wowee prizes will also be
awarded. The contest is at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego during the
Diego County Fair, June 21 and 22. The contest is limited to 21 entrants.
events will be held...the Urban challenge (a maze) and the Gold Rush
(free-for-all run to the finish line through obstacles). All robots must be
autonomous... no radio control. Robot platforms other than the Roomba are
The competition was a great success! Results below:
With 13 robots lined up side-by-side ready to blast off, with teams
from as far away as Alaska, tension fills the air. First prize goes to the
team that gets to the finish line ahead of all the others avoiding a field of
obstacles along the way. This is the “gold rush challenge” at
annual International Autonomous Robot Competition (iARoC) held as
part of the Kid’s Best at the Del Mar Fair on June 21 and 22.
by Wintriss Technical Schools, a local nonprofit institution dedicated to
changing kids lives by teaching them the Java programming language,
the competition featured an Urban Challenge that required the robots to
find their way through a maze without any human guidance, and the
Gold Rush Challenge free-for-all. Mathew Alexander, 13, team leader
for team Kaos screamed as his team’s Lego robot got upset by a
Roomba Create robot. Intentionally damaging a competitor’s robot is
forbidden by contest rules. In this case it was accidental, and the Lego
robot was righted and valiantly struggled forward against a field of much
larger machines. Persistence paid off, and team Kaos, the only Junior
team, won their division and the $1,000 first prize along with two
Wowee robots. “Cool”, said Ryder Sherwood, another member
Kaos as he received a Wowee RS Media walking robot for his team.
Other team Kaos members were Colin Mitchell, Gavin Kleege, Jordan
Alexander, Neil Alexander (mentor), Nevis Kleege (mentor) and team
mentor Mike Mitchell who proudly accepted the engraved Junior Division
first place trophy with his team.
Final scores to establish team standings were computed from the
total points earned from a technical presentation, best time run in the
Urban Challenge and finish position in the Gold Rush Challenge. Torrey
Pines High School came in first in the Senior Division with 900 total
points out of 1,000 possible, winning $1,000 and two Wowee robots.
Mark Vismonte, team leader for the Torrey Pines team was clearly proud
of his team’s accomplishment, besting experienced teams from the
area and even the professional demonstration teams that entered the
competition to demonstrate their programming prowess with no possibility
of winning any cash prizes. Other members of the Torrey Pines
High School Team were Ling Yeung, Prithvi Undavalli, Joel Jauregui
and William Wood.Team mentors were Carmen Foltz and Rafael Send.
Several adult demonstration teams entered the competition to
demonstrate to the student teams what can be done by professionals.
Team Rumba de Roomba: Llewellyn Falco and Jason Kerney; Team
Spot On: Clark Scheff and Zebulon Evans, Team Cougar from CSU San
Marcos: Dr. David Schaafsma Chris Kemper and Jon Kemper; Sun
Microsystems Laboratory team: Lachlan Gregor, John Harris, Arshan
Poursohi, Stephen Giandomenico.
Thanks to the generousity of Wintriss Technical Schools board
member, attorney Randy Moore and a stipend from the school, Soldotna
High School was able to travel from Alaska and participate as part of
their first visit to San Diego. Team Alaska members were team leader
Will McDermid, Alex Kauffman, Aaron Gordon and team mentor Doug
Second place team SD Squirrel from Carmel Valley, led by Matt
Allen, scored 700 points out of a possible 1,000. Squirrel team’s
is Stanley Kurdziel who is a programmer for Leap Wireless. Other members
are Ryan Kemper and Sean Kemper. They received a check for
$500 and two Wowee robots.
Third place went to team Gunn CS, from Gunn High School in Palo
Alto. Team leader Elliot Kroo led team members Kevin Yang, Anand
Gupta, Morris Alper, Jeanne Wang, Josh Pailey(mentor) and Lisa Fawcett
to a third place finish with 600 points out of a possible 1,000.
Cathering Zhang was the team mentor, and accepted a check for $250
and two Wowee robots along with her team.
Other teams competing were: Westview High School, Vinay Biligiri,
Henry Bradlow, Danny Baldo, Brian Duffy, Davis Burton, William
Ho, and Stephan DiPadova, Tammy Neuhaus (team mentor); Poway
High School, Kyle Zampell, Steve Stark (mentor), Alex Swaisgood,
Alan Burley, Chris Holiday, Nick Stark, Burt Burley, Rodger Dohm
(team mentor); Lynbrook High School Funky Monkeys (San Jose),
David Liu, Aashish Sreedharan, Daiwei Li, Michael Wachenschwanz,
Johnathan Chai, Chinmay Jaju, Toshitaka Tachiban, Matt Hong, David
Giandomenico (team mentor), Jaya Sreedharan (team mentor); Monta
Vista High School (Cupertino), Aravindh Dorai, Jean Feng, Prashanth
Vijay, Sriram Cherukupalli, Greg Klein, Alex Martin, Andy Feng (team
Judges were Paul Webber (Chief Judge), Ogun Tigli, Gus Wirth,
Woody Zuill and Kent Deines.
Sponsors were Sun Microsystems, Dixieline Lumber, Wowee
Robots, Outsource Manufacturing, Vision Design, Johnston Creative
Solutions, Fedex Kinkos and the San Diego Java Users Group.