Physics-Based Motion Planning with Tactical Models

This video shows simulated physics-based motion planning examples in several challenging domains, including robot minigolf, robot soccer, and pool.

The underlying planning algorithms are described in my PhD Thesis "Physics-Based Robot Motion Planning in Dynamic Multi-Body Environments" (CMU-CS-10-115), Stefan Zickler, 2010.

For more information, see http://szickler.net/thesis/

“MoonBots” Challenges Parent-Child Teams to Conduct Google Lunar X PRIZE Missions with LEGO Robots

The X PRIZE Foundation, Google Inc., LEGO Systems, National Instruments, and Wired’s GeekDad will announce “MoonBots: A Google Lunar X PRIZE LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Challenge” today at National Instruments NIWeek 2009.

via “MoonBots” Challenges Parent-Child Teams to Conduct Google Lunar X PRIZE Missions with LEGO Robots | Moonbots.org.

Someone already has a bot built for the task. Now we just need some rules!