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MATLAB Surveyor Contest

Subject: MATLAB Surveyor Contest

From: The MATLAB Contest Team

Date: 8 Jun, 1999 09:30:37

Message: 1 of 3

Enter the MATLAB Programming Contest today! Submit your M-code function
to the contest, and it will be automatically tested, scored, and ranked
against other entries. The contest opens today, Monday, June 7 and will
close on Friday, June 18, 1999, at 5 PM, EDT.


The Challenge

You work for NASA, on the project team that's designing the successor to
the Mars Pathfinder mission: the Mars Surveyor Mission. Your team will
be landing a set of robotic surface rovers to survey the planet's
surface. Your job is to direct these rovers.

Your team has already selected a region of the surface to survey. You
will have a map of this region, that marks areas that you've identified
as impassable by the rovers and marks spots that have been identified as
safe for landing.

Your job is to design an algorithm which, given a map of the region to
be surveyed, will return a set of instructions to direct the rovers to
traverse as much of the region of interest as possible.


How to play

For a complete information on how to play, visit the Contest at
   http://www.mathworks.com/contest/


Deadline

Entries must be submitted by Friday, June 18, at 5 PM EDT.


Feedback

Please send any comments or questions to contest@mathworks.com

Subject: MATLAB Surveyor Contest

From: Peter J. Acklam

Date: 9 Jun, 1999 19:22:30

Message: 2 of 3

survey.m lines 72-73:

   % set mower shape
   A = [-0.5 0 0.5 -0.5; -0.5 0.5 -0.5 -0.5]'; % mower shape

Mower??? So what we are actually dealing with here is NASA's new
dual action Mars surveyor rover and lawn mower? :-)

Peter

--
Peter J. Acklam - jacklam@math.uio.no - http://www.math.uio.no/~jacklam

Subject: MATLAB Surveyor Contest

From: Nabeel

Date: 9 Jun, 1999 14:58:02

Message: 3 of 3

{posting for Jae}

Originally, the contest was conceived as the "lawnmower" problem: Remote
control of a set of mowers air dropped to the target lawns. We decided
we needed something that sounded more like real engineering!

:)


Peter J. Acklam wrote:
>
> survey.m lines 72-73:
>
> % set mower shape
> A = [-0.5 0 0.5 -0.5; -0.5 0.5 -0.5 -0.5]'; % mower shape
>
> Mower??? So what we are actually dealing with here is NASA's new
> dual action Mars surveyor rover and lawn mower? :-)
>
> Peter
>
> --
> Peter J. Acklam - jacklam@math.uio.no - http://www.math.uio.no/~jacklam

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