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ETU “LETI” Organizes the First Russian Olympics in AI for Self-Driving Cars

09.11.2020

ETU "LETI" invites schoolchildren and students to take part in the first Russian Olympics in the development of artificial intelligence technologies for self-driving cars on the Duckietown platform.

From November 24 to December 6, St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI" jointly with the Finist charitable foundation and JetBrains Research will hold the first Russian competition in the development of artificial intelligence technologies for driverless cars using the Duckietown platform.

Schoolchildren and students from 14 to 21 years old will be able to participate in the Olympics both independently and as a team. Participants will develop software using Python2.7.

The competition will take place in three stages. In the qualification stage, participants will have to develop a program based on a template, according to which the robot moves strictly forward relative to the initial position until meeting with a rubber duck on the lane.

The online stage involves the development of an approach to piloting the robot, which allows driving in the lane while maintaining a balance between speed and driving accuracy.

In the finals of the Olympics, participants will modify the solution developed at the previous stage in such a way that the robot moves along the road in the real world, observing the traffic code: right-hand direction without leaving the lane.

"Holding competitions in driverless cars based on the Duckietown platform allows students and researchers from all over Russia and neighboring countries to build a bridge to world-class competitions held within leading conferences on robotics and artificial intelligence, such as ICRA and IROS. It is symbolic that ETU "LETI" became the platform for the Autonomous Driving Olympics. After all, it was here that full-fledged training in autonomous transport technologies was deployed for the first time in our country using the Duckietown project, and it is here that students who regularly win competitions train. Our goal is that as many students from Russia as possible have the opportunity to compete in world-class competitions and win."

Kirill Krinkin, Head of the Department of Software Engineering and Computer Applications of ETU "LETI," Head of the Laboratory of Mobile Robot Algorithms at JetBrains Research

If there would be a favorable epidemiological situation, the final stage will take place offline at the "robotarium" of the Department of Software Engineering and Computer Applications of ETU "LETI." Finalists' codes will be tested on cars of the Duckietown platform, a reduced model of the urban transport environment that includes road markings, vehicles, traffic lights, and buildings.

To win the Olympics, a participant or a team must go through all the stages of the competition and score the most points in the finals.

For more information, please contact the organizers by email robofinist@moevm.info

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