Microsoft RoboChamps Competitions

November 14, 2008

Since I have already linked to my employer once today, I might as well post this too.

There is a series of challenges involving the programming of simulated robots at our RoboChamps site. Working with simulated robots should be familiar to those of us who have worked with RoboCup (or the simulated version) or TankSoar. The challenges include such tasks as navigating a maze, driving in an urban environment, sumo wrestling against another robot, and more. A soccer challenge looks to be coming soon under the name “Tournament”.

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October Rules Fest: Day 2

November 12, 2008

Some comments on the second day of the October Rules Fest:

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Oracle + Haley

October 30, 2008

Before I could even finish setting this blog up I spotted the news that Oracle has purchased Haley. (Tip of the virtual hat to Peter and Carole-Ann).

This sort of rule industry consolidation has long been predicted by a number of us.

For those keeping score, here are the acquisitions by the platform players:

  • 17 October 2007: SAP + YASU
  • 28 July 2008: IBM + Ilog
  • 29 October 2008: Oracle + Haley

The question of what Oracle would do was certainly on people’s minds at the ORF last week, along with speculation about other potential consolidation.

It is certainly an interesting time to watch the rules space.