The “Micromouse Portuguese Contest” is a robotics competition where contestants put their robots to compete for intelligence and speed in solving a particular maze. A robot in this contest is called “Micromouse”.

        1. Rules for Micromouse (robot)
          1. A micromouse must be fully autonomous.
          2. A micromouse can not use a power source that uses a combustion process.
          3. A micromouse may have no hardware or software added, substituted, deleted or modified by the operator during the contest.
          4. It is, however, permitted to make minor repairs.
          5. Nothing can be deposited in the maze.
          6. A micromouse can not jump, climb, scratch, damage or destroy the walls that make up the maze
          7. Judges may prevent micromouse to participate if there is a risk that this could damage or stain the maze.
          8. micromouse structure may not exceed 250mm wide and 250mm long.
          9. There are no restrictions on height.
        2. Rules for the Labyrinth
          1. The maze will be composed of 16 x 16 square multiple units (cells) 180mm x 180mm.
          2. The constituents of the labyrinth walls should be 50mm in height and 12mm in width.
          3. The passages between the walls will be 168mm wide.
          4. The outer wall will involve the maze completely.
          5. The walls of the labyrinth must be white.
          6. The maze of floor should be matt black.
          7. The walls of the maze should reflect infrared light and the ground absorb it.
          8. The starting cell should be one of the four corners of the maze.
          9. The starting cell should have walls on three sides.
          10. The orientation of the starting cell should be such that when the aperture is a ‘north’, the outer walls are ‘South’ and ‘west’.
          11. The labyrinth of the center will be a set of four core cells without internal walls.
          12. The labyrinth of the center will be the destination.
          13. Small square areas each with 12mm x 12mm on each of the four corners are called grid points.
          14. The maze is constructed so that there is at least one wall in each grid point except the destination square.
          15. The dimensions of the labyrinth must have an accuracy within the smallest value of 5% or 20mm.
          16. The joints of the maze should not contain steps that exceed 1mm.
          17. The change in slope in the joints should not exceed 4.
          18. Existing gaps between adjacent cell walls should not exceed 1 mm.
          19. A starting sensor is placed on the border between the starting cell and the next cell.
          20. A target sensor will be placed in the target zone entry.
          21. The infrared light beam of each sensor is horizontal and positioned 10mm from the ground.
          22. Will be allowed, and even expectable, the existence of multiple paths to the destination.
        3. Rules for the Contest
          1. The minimum time required for a micromouse to go from start to destination must be registered as their official time of a race.
          2. Travel back from the destination to the cell departure is not considered a race.
          3. Each race starts in the starting cell and ends when the micromouse returns to the starting cell and is immobilized for 2 seconds or is suspended by the jury.
          4. If micromouse returns to the starting cell and begins another run automatically, this will have to be immobilized for at least 2 seconds in the starting cell.
          5. The operator can not touch the micromouse during a race without the permission of the jury.
          6. Each micromouse will have a maximum performance of 10 minutes.
          7. The score of a micromouse will be obtained for the best time in a race.
          8. When a micromouse reaches the destination may stop and remain at the center of the maze, or continue to explore other parts of the maze, or return to the starting cell.
          9. If the robot choose to stay in the center can be removed by hand and start over.
          10. If the robot does not stay in the destination can not be stopped manually and then start over.
          11. The time for each race (Race time) should be measured from the micromouse leaves the starting cell to entering the target zone.
          12. The activation process should be simple and should be submitted to the jury in the register of the time on the contest day.
          13. The competitor is given 1 min., From the moment removes micromouse the park closed, to make adjustments to the sensors if they need.
          14. After withdrawing the park closed, there can be no selection strategies or can move to the micromouse, by any process, information about the maze.
          15. The timer will start after the last 1 min limit. even if the competitor is still to adjust the robot’s sensors.
          16. If a micromouse have problems the competitor may request permission from the jury to leave the race and start from the beginning.
          17. A micromouse can not start just because you miss a turn.
          18. The jury may add a penalty for the start.
          19. If no successful race is achieved the jury will give a qualitative assessment of the robot’s performance, based on the distance achieved, behavior and quality control.
          20. If a robot has to leave due to technical problems, the jury can admit that this come back later to the competition.
          21. The robots must remain in the park closed until the Labyrinth be revealed.
          22. Competitors put the micromouse in the game to the jury orders.
          23. There will be two rounds with increasing difficulty.
          24. The final classification is obtained by adding the best times from each team in each sleeve.
          25. The cases shall be resolved by the jury.
          26. The jury’s decision will be final and binding.
        4. Eligibility to compete
          1. A team may be formed by a maximum of 5 elements.
          2. A team is entitled to one and only one micromouse.
          3. Each team must have a responsible element.
          4. Only there will be a level of competition.
          5. After the park closed only one team member can access when requested by the jury, the maze.
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