Every year since its inception, the All-Japan contest has grown in popularity and stature. During that time, there have been many changes. Most notably, the half-size event, introduced in 2009, has become very popular. There are now so many entries that organising the event must meet new challenges each year.
For 2018, the contest in Japan will see some changes. The events will be renamed and there will be no preliminary contests. Consequently, the event will now run over two days rather than three.
Rather than just re-write all the changes here, I recommend that you check out the summary first hand at the NTF site:
The UK micromouse contest returned once more to Birmingham City University as part of the annual Techfest event on June 9th, 2018. As well as the UK entries, there were also three robots from Nanjing University, China. Continue reading
The 2018 National Schools and Colleges Micromouse competition took place on Saturday 9th June hosted by Birmingham City University as part of the TechFest event. We were as ever provided with excellent facilities at Millennium Point on the BCU City Centre Campus.
Just in case you were expecting some hot micromouse action at Otley college on Sunday May 20th, I am sorry to tell you that there will be none this year.
Perhaps next time.
Minos 2018 was held over the weekend of April 7/8 at the Quality Hotel, Coventry. New venue, several new faces but the expected collection of great presentations and activities for micromouse and small robot builders. Continue reading
The maze file archive mentioned in my earlier post has been updated and the maze files moved to their own repository on github. The new set is better organised and contains many new mazes, including those from the New Technology Foundation archive.
If you have built a micromouse and wondered how useful a suction fan would be, the answer is simple. You cannot go fast enough to be competitive at the top level without one, the benefit is not just about cornering either. Continue reading
The 2018 MINOS conference will take place on 7th and 8th April in Coventry. This is the U.K. conference for all things Micromouse. There will be presentations and demonstrations on subjects of interest, an informal dinner in the evening and a competition on the Sunday. Delegates are welcome from overseas as well as the U.K. If you have something interesting to share but are unable to attend please contact us to either present your paper for you, or for you to present via Skype. Hotel accommodation is available at a discounted rate of £65 for bed and breakfast. There is on-site parking.
The conference venue is 10 minutes’ drive from Birmingham Airport and is well served by public transport.
Further details will be available in due course.
You can find out more about the venue on the hotel website.
The address is:
Quality Hotel Coventry
Phone: +44 (0)2476 403835 Fax: +44 (0)2476 403081
To register an interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the years, I have collected quite a lot of micromouse maze files. These are all for the 16×16 classic contest. Several people have asked for copies of these so I have put the entire collection on github. https://github.com/micromouseonline/micromouse_maze_tool