Contest Registration (was: Re: ICFP Programming Contest (ii)) 
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 Contest Registration (was: Re: ICFP Programming Contest (ii))

> Date: 25 Jun 2003 09:37:35 +0200
> Organization: University of Bergen

> Planning to join the ICFP Programming Contest this week-end? Register your
> email address NOW, to receive announcements from the organizing team,
> including the problem as soon as it is released!

> Just visit and click on "Contest Mailing List".

I have registered and I expect Steve Leach has. Has anyone else?

I have had a look at the competition web site, and found a presentation
on last year's competition. The task (defined on slide 12) was

To write a program that controls a robot to find and deliver packages in
a world with competing robots. Features of the robot world:
    o Square tiles with walls, water, and bases.
    o Initially, packages can be found on the bases.
    o Each package has a given weight and destination.
    o The robot has a  fixed carrying capacity.
    o When delivering a package, you get points equal to its weight.

  What about the water?
      o You drown if you step on water.
      o You can push other robots.
      o Robots cannot be pushed through walls.
  Pushing and bidding
      o Bidding is used to express urgency of move:
        highest bid moves first.
      o A  finite amount of bidding money is initially
        assigned each robot.


I suspect that the SimAgent toolkit
    http://www.*-*-*.com/ ~axs/cogaff/simagent.html
would have made this much easier than most (any?) of the languages
actually used in the competition, i.e.

    Java 18%
    C 17%
    C++ 14%
    OCaml 14%
    python 11%
    Perl 8 %
    Haskell 6%
    Scheme 5%

Plus these for which percentages are not given (listed on slide 22):
    Lisp, Ruby, Mercury, Erlang, Dylan, Smalltalk,
    SML, Prolog, Pascal, Icon, Forth, Ada.

A Python team won the 'lightning' division, i.e. submissions within 24
hours, with runners up using Haskell and C (a long way behind).

However, the two finalists in the main competition used C and Objective
CAML. After a 'playoff' the OCaml team from Tokyo won.

Aaron Sloman, ( http://www.*-*-*.com/ ~axs/ )
School of Computer Science, The University of Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK

PAPERS: http://www.*-*-*.com/ (And free book on Philosophy of AI)
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Sun, 11 Dec 2005 18:23:10 GMT  
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