Minos 2015 will soon be upon us. Minos will again be run with the support of Birmingham City University at Millennium Point in Birmingham on April 18th and April 19th. Minos is still the event for catching up with goings on in the world of micromouse and small robots.

There will be no registration as such this year. However, to arrange door passes, I will need your details no later than April 7th please. Just your full name and an email address will do.

Please get in touch as soon as possible. Especially if you are interested in presenting.

Contact me direct through email or via the contact link at the top of this page.

This year, overnight accommodation will have to be booked directly by you.

Last year we used the Campanile Birmingham. This is reasonably priced, has a restaurant nobody liked, is quite close to millennium Point and offers free on-site car parking. The room rate is £55. I have no direct knowledge of this hotel and you are free, of course, to book whatever you like.

An alternative might be the Premier Inn Birmingham Central East. It is a little more expensive at £70. It too has a restaurant but no breakfast is included in the room rate and I do not know if it is any good.

Both hotels are reasonably close and I believe both offer parking. Other suggestions welcome.

There is no charge for the venue although parking at Millennium Point will be around £5 per day

Exact details of catering available on site are not completely clear but there should be hot drinks and snack available. We can always send out a hunting party during the day as the venue is only ten minutes walk from ‘proper’ shops.

Please email Peter Harrison separately with offers to speak. You can use the contact link at the top of the page to do this. We have variable length slots. A broad spread of people will be attending ranging from schools and undergraduate mouse builders to seasoned campaigners. Contributions would be welcome in all relevant areas, particularly:

  • software techniques
  • development tools
  • controllers
  • algorithms
  • chassis design
  • sensor design
  • motor control
  • line followers
  • sumo
  • lego
  • any other robotics related stuff

We want the event to have an informal atmosphere, so please do not be put off making a contribution by worrying about the level of presentation. What we want is people’s experience and insights. All contributions are welcome and you may have as little or as much time as you like (Well, within reason). Drop me an email, use the comment form below or the contact link for this site with some idea of what you might like to contribute and I will put you into the schedule.

We rely entirely on your contributions so don’t be shy and don’t think that you have nothing to offer – however simple or complex. Contributions need not be just about micromouse – other small robot-related subjects will also be of interest.

There will be wall-following and full maze-solving competitions run as part of the conference, so please bring your mice! Prizes will be presented – usually in the form of bottles of wine and/or chocolate depending on the age of the competitors.

The start time on Saturday and finish time on Sunday depend on the number of contributions we get, so we will finalise that nearer the date. We hope to start at about 10:30 on Saturday and finish sometime after lunch on Sunday.

The Minos event takes place at the Birmingham City University Campus at Millennium Point:

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You may use the comments section below or the site contact form to seek further information or offer to present a slot.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Simon Clapson

    My self and a pupil would like to come to Minos just on the Saturday. My name is Simon Clapson and the pupil is Jonah Pears. We are from Tendring Technology College. He has been working on a maze solver and would like to test it on a full maze.

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