Game of Drones is a NeuRIPS 2019 competition with the goal to push the boundary of building competitive autonomous systems through head-to-head drone races.
The challenge is to race a quadrotor drone in simulation through a series of gates against an opponent.
There will be two drones on the same track at the same time that are allowed to block each other.
The goal is to finish the race quicker than the opponent.
The competition comes in three tiers of different difficulty and level of autonomy.
Previous drone race challenges, such as the IROS autonomous drone race challenge or the AlphaPilot challenge only need you to race against the clock. In contrast, here, you'll have to race against an opponent on the same track. This means you can block your opponent if you are ahead and you have to overtake him when you are behind creating a whole range of interaction your policy has to handle.
To broaden the audience and bring people to drones from all kind of disciplines, all racing will be done in simulation. However, we still require you to solve the challenge of state estimation under noise from simulated cameras and an inertial meausurement unit (IMU = accelerometer + gyroscope).
Besides being fun, this competition provides a fair comparison for the current state of the art. And if your current focus is either more on the planning or perception side, you'll most probably learn a thing or two. The audience is expected to be large -- NeuRIPS is the largest AI conference after all, so you can expect to get some attention if your algorithm scores high. There will also be some monetary incentives -- a total of more than 10'000 $ in prices.
Prizes for qualification rounds: To encourage a broad audience to participate, and to reach people outside of the research community of NeurIPS that will be present during the live competition, we offer the following prizes to the top three teams at the end of the qualification round.
Prize for overall winners: The prizes (in USD) for the top three policies as determined
during the live competition are as follows.
|Placement||Tier I||Tier II||Tier III|
|1st||1'000 $||2'000 $||3'000 $|
|1'000 $||1'500 $|
|3rd||250 $||500 $||750 $|
All prizes are in USD.
The organizing team behind the game of drones are the developers of AirSim from Microsoft Research and robotics researchers from Stanford who share the vision of a simulator realistic enough to provide a training and testing environment for autonomous mobile robots such as drones or self-driving cars.
Many people are helping to make this happen, but the core team consist of
If you have questions or suggestions with regard to this competition please write Tim a mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The competition will be carried out in the photo-realistic simulator AirSIM developed by Microsoft Research.
We will release executables containing the environment end of April.
Tbd. Each drone will have a spherical marker of known size on top, to facilitate target tracking.
There will be three sensors on the drone: Front- and downward facing camera and an IMU.
There will be three track environments:
Detailed rules will be published here.