Organized by: DJI RoboMaster Organizing Committee
DJI initiated RoboMaster in 2015 as an educational robotics competition for talented engineers and scientists. The annual competition requests teams who to build ground robots that use shooting mechanisms to battle with other robots, and the performance of the robots are monitored by a specially designed judging system, converting projectile hits into health point deduction of robots. The competition balances technology and entertainment. Many game elements in the competition are similar to video games. In August 2017, grand finals of RoboMaster 2017 attracted over 20 million viewers from over 20 countries around globe. Please visit https://www.twitch.tv/robomaster to view game replays and introductory videos.
In recent years, deep learning technology greatly has been reshaping the frontier of computer vision and many other AI research areas. In robotics research, deep reinforcement learning allows agents to make decisions basing on deep neural networks (DNN) instead of conventional hand-engineered finite state machines and if-else branches. Many excellent research platforms emerged from standard video games such as Doom, Dota and Starcraft. RoboMaster also has the potential to become a good deep learning platform, with robots that compete on the field fully commanded by DNN based polices. For one thing, robots also need to make hard decisions that cannot be done by conventional methods. For another, RoboMaster is a real game, so algorithms and policies developed on RoboMaster robots are more practical than those developed in virtual environments.
Illustration of robots need to be built (not the exact sample robot)
In ICRA 2018 DJI RoboMaster AI Challenge, team must build ONE or TWO RoboMaster Standard Robots and write autonomous programs for them. Organizers will present TWO AI robots to challenge team robots. Team robots are challenged to defeat AI robots on a simple 5m x 8m game field. In each challenge, neither team robots nor AI robots can be controlled by human operators. Winner of the AI Challenge is the team who defeats AI robots in shortest time or using fewest projectiles. According to the final ranking, teams will get certificates, DJI products and a cash price as awards.
The competition is open to everyone around the world regardless of age, nationality and academic qualifications. As long as you are a robot enthusiast or interested in RoboMaster AI Challenge, you are welcome to set up a team to register for the Challenge. The challenge rules and registration guidance will be released before the first week of December, 2017 by RoboMaster Organizing Committee on the official website https://www.robomaster.com/en-US