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LETTER

MASLab Coverage Insufficient

After inviting The Tech to cover the 3rd annual MASLab/6.186 IAP robotics competition, we were disappointed to find that the coverage was limited to a single photograph with no article to accompany it. We believe that the MIT community would have been interested in the work of the 40 participants. As a smaller and less well-known course, we are accustomed to being overshadowed by our 6.270 colleagues, but the enormous disparity in coverage was disappointing.

The MASLab robotics competition is unique, asking students to build a sophisticated robot to navigate an unknown environment using computer vision as a primary sensor. Students use high-performance hardware, including a 300 MHz x86 embedded PC and a robotics controller designed by the MASLab staff. Our contest was a huge success, with over 200 people attending and every team scoring at least one point -- quite a feat in this difficult contest! Congratulations to team 10, with Eric Tung, Lanya da Silva, and Lindsay Price, whose robot “B.O.B.” won with an impressive 12 points.

MASLab hopes to grow in size next year. Interested students should e-mail for more information. We look forward to reading The Tech’s coverage of next year’s MASLab competition.


Edwin B. Olson G and the MASLab Staff