It is the time of year to start thinking about the important things in life. Like the 2012 MINOS event next April at Royal Holloway college. This annual robotics and micromouse conference will be running for its 12th successive year. The proposed dates are April 14th and 15th 2012.

So that we can ensure there will be sufficient uptake and can go ahead and book facilities, can you please send me an expression of interest at your earliest convenience if you have not already done so.

For those that have never been, MINOS is an annual opportunity for a get together over a whole weekend. While originally aimed almost exclusively at the micromouse community, there is plenty of scope to extend the range of interest to other small robots. So, if you are interested in micromouse, wall-follower, drag race, line follower, sumo, biped or other small robot activities you might find something of interest at MINOS.

Actually, since this is a user-generated event, turning up and contributing a presentation, talk, demo or just examples of your work, it is entirely up to you how interesting the weekend is.

MINOS is held at Royal Holloway, University of London in Egham, Surrey. It is within easy reach of the M25 to the west of London. Find out more here:

We generally meet up at around 10am on the Saturday and enjoy a day of various presentations related to robotics on the small scale. There is always an opportunity to learn something new, find out more about some event or technique or type of robot. There may be lectures, demonstrations, discussions, show and tell or seminars. It is up to you.

In the evening, many attendees make their way into town for a meal at one of the local restaurants so the event is as much social as technical. Overnight accommodation is available in the University residences on site. For those travelling from further afield, there is also accommodation available of the Friday.

On the Sunday, there is the chance to put your mouse or other robot to the test as we hold semi-formal contests. We are generally finished at around lunchtime on the Sun

If you are interested in coming along, please let me know by email or through the comments below. Please indicate whether you might be interested in booking overnight accommodation. I would also like to hear from anyone who is interested in doing a slot, however big or small, during Saturday.


This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. dragonet80

    Hi Peter, about this contest I like to ask you some questions:

    When are the dates going to be official? I’m thinking to assist (as spectator, not contestant, I’ve not time to build a micromouse now). Are there registration fees for spectators? Are there restricted areas where spectators cannot go and only contestants? (I think the most fun is to meet other robot-builders).

    Thank you.

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