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[DPRG] can can clarifications

Subject: [DPRG] can can clarifications
From: paradug paradug at gmail.com
Date: Thu May 1 21:58:46 CDT 2014

     Here are some clarifications on the questions that you asked. Let me 
if these adequately answer the questions raised. If these clarifications 
good, I will copy them over to dprgblog.wordpress.com.
Doug P.

Q:  Are the cans placed in the same locations for all rounds of the 
A:  The cans are located in the same locations for all rounds of a tier of 
      tournament. The judge may or may not change the can locations between
      tiers of the tournament.

Q:  Are the locations of the cans symmetrical between the halves of the 
A:  Yes, the cans will be placed in a symmetrical manner within a tolerance 
of ~4".
     The judge can decide to mirror the left to right placement of the cans
     between the two halves of the arena.

Q:  How will the starting locations of the cans be marked on the arena 
A:  Starting locations will be marked on the arena floor with small squares 
     blue painter masking tape. The tape marks will be no bigger than 3/4" X 
     If feasible, smaller pieces of tape will be used.

Q: How will the goals be assigned to competitors for a round?
A:  Before the round, each competitor will pull either a small numbered 
     or a US quarter from a box. The competitor who choses the token with 
     lowest number or the quarter with the oldest date can chose their goal.
     The goal that they chose will be the goal that their robot starts from.
     They  will score points by having cans pass the remaining goal 
(opponent's goal).
     All cans will be placed on the arena floor before goal selection 

Q:  Will the goals be switched during the contest to remove bias from any
      lighting variance?
A:   No. However the arena will be set in the best location available to 
      lighting differences. Last year, the arena was setup away from the 
      and by a low wall. Lighting differences were not that uneven. This 
area is
      not visible in the photo shown in the rules document. View the
      video from last year on DPRG's YouTube channel to see the differences
      that most likely exist.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Karim Virani
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2014 2:17 PM
To: dprglist
Subject: [DPRG] can can clarifications

Doug, I'd like to request some clarifications about can can:

The rules say can placement is up to the referee.  Does that mean it can 
change for every round and won't be consistent for all competitors?  Or will 
it be laid out and made consistent between runs?  If so, how will the 
intended positions of the cans be marked?  Will there be an attempt to make 
the pattern symmetrical over the half line? This is about fairness and 
accidental bias in the placement of cans.

There is no language about assignment of goal ownership or switching goals 
at some kind of halftime or between rounds.  In real soccer this is an 
attempt to balance the effect of the sun and the weather.  At the Perot, 
this is a bank of windows that could adversely affect competitors that are 
reliant on optical sensors of various kinds.  I don't have a good suggestion 
for how to address this without over complicating the rules - maybe somebody 
else has an idea or two.  I wanted to at least acknowledge the highly 
asymmetric lighting of the space which you can see in the photo in the 
rules, but really need to be there to appreciate.  Last year the long access 
of the course was set up parallel to the windows and this at least equalizes 
the field somewhat.

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