The Micromouse design project, offered as EEC194ABC in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, is an annual competition for teams of up to 5 students to design and build a small, autonomous, maze-solving robot. It is sponsored by IEEE. The goal is to solve a maze (whose layout is unknown) in the shortest amount of time. Complete rules for the mice and maze construction are available at the instructor, Dr Tak's, website.
The course is 5 units, three quarters long and grading is deferred until the end of the year. The first quarter is dedicated to lectures about basic design and programming of the mouse. The second and first half of the third quarter are when the actual work begins and, hopefully, ends. After Picnic Day, each team submits a report detailing their design successes and failures.
There are two opportunities to compete (for prizes) against other UCD teams as well as teams from other schools: Picnic Day and the IEEE regional conference, both near the end of Spring quarter. Prize money is awarded to the fastest three teams at each competition. The winner of the regional competition also brings home a large trophy, currently located in the Kemper Hall lobby thanks to the efforts of the winning 2005 team, until the following year's event.
Micromouse is an excellent opportunity for both Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science students to apply what they have learned in class. EEC172 is probably the most helpful course to take.
Past IEEE Regional Winners
2006 - Team RatZilla! - Bill Allan, Michael Cheng, Michael Siegenthaler, Clarence Ip 2005 - 2004 - Andrew Chen, Gerald Tiu, Asia Yee, Irving Nam, Ken Ng
Past Picnic Day Winners
|Channel 4 Action News Team|
2005-01-23 14:13:04 would this be a bad idea for non EE/CS majors? —ArlenAbraham
2005-01-23 14:57:50 The practical aspects - the building and testing - don't really require much EE/CS knowledge (aside from basic circuits/programming). If you decide not to use Dr. Tak's basic hardware and algorithm, however, the design phase may be difficult if you don't have any experience in those areas. —AndrewChen
2005-01-23 18:02:34 Tak says that tbe best groups usually have a bunch of CS people. *shrugs* —MarieHuynh
2005-08-19 05:00:27 Yay!!! My boyfriend did pretty well this year. I was amazed at the huge turnout —JenniferChu