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The 35th All Japan Micromouse Contest

  • Schedule: November 21(Fri)-23(sun), 2014
  • Entry:September 1(Sun) – September 30(Mon)
  • Venue: Main Arena in Atsugi Campus, TOKYO POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY
  • Organizer: New Techology Foundation
  • Co-Orgnizer:TOKYO POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY TSUKUBA EXPO’85 MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
  • Executive committee: Chairman Prof.Hidekazu Suzuki (Tokyo Polytechnic Univ.)
  • Gold Sponser:(in preparation)
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  • Mediasponsor:(in preparation)
  • Awards is offered by:(in preparation)
  • Tentative Programs:
    • November 21(Fri):
      • Afternoon : Trial runs for every contestant.
    • November 22(Sat):
      • Morning Registration
      • Contest
      • Mouse Party
    • November 23(Sun):
      • Morning Registration
      • Contest
      • Special lecture
      • Commendation ceremony

Important Notice about contest

Originality and Similarity concerning competition

We hope to join various participants, from beginner to experts who challenges cutting edge technologies. Add to say, we also hope to have originality for each robot to compete according to our policy “to respect original technology among participants.” Therefore, we remove robots having similarity to advance finals.

As you know, there is a big issue to make clear standard to judge similarity of technical method and shapes of robot. It is also hard to remove similarity automatically.

View of these situation, we decided to apply following rules to remove similarity to keep our policy and fairness. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Only one robot from 1 group who share ideas and technologies can advance to the finals. (for example, the same robot but different software and so on. Because similarity of robot comes from sharing ideas.) Please make sure to develop “original” robot if you aim to win. In case of school and so on, we strongly recommend to lead members to add originality to robot.
  • As the result, judges decide “similar robot” to remove from finals. In this case, judges show all of robots as similar reference robots. However, robot can advance to finals in case of judges thinking the similar robot to be evaluated in finals. Please make sure not to get any award even if the robots won in the case of similarity.



About Freshman Class (common classic and half size)

Since 2014, Micromouse classic size and half size have freshman class. Freshman class for half size is new. The competition of freshman is different maze from expert class.
  • Eligibility for participation
    • No limitation of nationality, age and so on in order to widen its doors to beginners.
  • Please make sure as follows to join freshman class
    1. Not to join freshman class if your robot has experience to finish the maze in any competition for freshman class of the same size.
    2. You can't join expert class and freshman class of the same size (i.e., NG: freshman half size and expert half size. OK: freshman half size and expert of classic size.)
  • Award for freshman class
    1. There is no winner, 2nd and 3rd place.
    2. Certification will be issued with recorded time.
    3. Special award will be given to superior robot from judge. However, the robot is judged to join expert class, it is not awarded.



Limitation number of registration to the same competition

You can entry only 1 robot to each competition. (excluding regional competition.) However, competitor having seeded robot can add robot to clear preliminaries. If added robot cleared preliminaries, you can choose the robot to advance finals.(In case of no declare, added robot will be in the list of finalists.)
* Seeded robot must be paid for registration.



Tentative Registration Schedule and fees

  • Start: 1st Sep.
  • Deadline: 30th Sep.
  • Technical sheet deadline: 15th Oct.
  • Registration fee:
    • Adult: 3,000JPY
    • Students (including Ph.D candidates): 2,000JPY
    • High School, Jr. High, Special school and College of technology: 1,000JPY
    Participants from overseas should pay the fee at the reception counter on the day of the contests.



Handling of Personal Information in Competition Committee

We don't use personal data in technical sheet and registration, address, telephone number and mail address, to any other purpose excluding management of the competition and Foundation related business. (i.e., shipping, judge and so on) However, we will use summarized data, technical data including robot name, competitor's name, affiliation and photos to medium including web site and so on. Thank you for your understanding.





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