The preliminary information and schedule for this year’s All Japan Micromouse Contest have been posted on the official website. This will be the 26th consecutive year for the event – probably a record for any type of robotic competition, and longer than a lot of the competitors have been alive on this planet. This year the competition will be held at the Panasonic Center in Koto-ku, Tokyo.
On Friday, November 25th, trial runs are scheduled for all contestants. Saturday’s schedule is jam-packed with the Freshman and Expert Micromouse and the Robotrace contests running simultaneously. They are scheduled to start at 10:00 am, and finish by 16:30. One word of caution – the exact timing depends on the number of competitors. Sometimes things run a little ahead of schedule if a competitor drops out unexpectedly, or they have to withdraw because of technical problems with their mouse. It’s better to show up a little early than a little late if you want to see as much as possible.
On Sunday, November 27th, the Robotrace Final and the Microclipper contests will kick off from 10:00 am. The main event, which is always the highlight of the event, is the Expert class Micromouse contest that will start at 13:00. Again, it’s better to show up a little early if you can. After the Expert contest they have a Robo SprinT demonstration scheduled for 16:00, followed by the Victory ceremony at 17:00.
The official website states “We will announce details later”, so if you plan on attending be sure to check the Micromouse 2005 website in advance.
This years venue should prove to be quite interesting all by itself. The Panasonic Center Tokyo building includes the Panasonic Digital Network Museum (Hayashibara Museum of Natural Science "DinosaurFACTory"), the Environmental Showcase, the Universal Design Laboratory, and the Ubiquitous Digital Network Showcase. Access to the site should be simple since it’s only a 2 minute walk from Kokusai-tenjijo Station on the Rinkai Line – the same station used to access the Tokyo Big Sight convention center. Here’s a detailed map and directions.