This article is from the Robotics FAQ, by Kevin Dowling email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
In 1979 the IEEE Spectrum ran the first micromouse competition and
many hundreds of these contests are run every year. Some are still
under the auspices of the IEEE but many more are not.
Official IEEE/ABEC Rules and much more are located here:
There is an Australian ftp site with some good mouse stuff including
older copies of the rules:
ftp://macadam.mpce.mq.edu.au/pub/comp/ A copy of rules
(a bit old) may be found at
Micromouse mazes are available at:
IEEE Robot Olympics and MicroMouse Competition Committee
BEAM/IEEE Robot Olympics and MicroMouse Competition Committee
BEAM/IEEE Robot Games
c/o Edward Spike
E & CE Dept. University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario,
Canada, N2L3G1. (519)888-4567, X-3716, fax:(519)888-6197
This year's Australian Micromouse Championship, OZ Mouse '94,
is to be held in Sydney on Sunday 27 November, hosted by the
Universities of Queensland and Wollongong in conjunction with
the IEE and IEEE. For more details contact:
Gordon Wyeth firstname.lastname@example.org
WORLD MICROMOUSE CHAMPIONSHIPSAs part of M2VIP '95 (see conferences above) it
is planned to hold the 1995 World Micromouse Championships. Micromouse, being
the embodiment of mechatronics, is a well established international event.
It is expected that around 30 of the world's top 'mousers' will be in Hong
Kong to enter the event, which will take place after the conference, on
The Second annual Picnic Day Micromouse Contest at UC Davis
Saturday, April 22, 1995
Last year for this event, we packed a 450 person lecture hall to the
bursting point. We had closed circuit TV set up so that even the
people in the back could see at least reasonably well. It was a real
blast last year, so don't miss out on the fun this year! This contest
helps provide a trial run for new mice, so that they will be well
prepared to enter officially sanctioned IEEE contests. In our case,
the local contest will take place two weeks following Picnic Day.
This is an open contest, and anyone may participate. Last year, we
had about 8 participants, one from as far away as UC San Diego (~600
miles). The mazes, as last year, will be created by a neutral third
party, and will not be revealed until shortly before the start of the
If anyone thinks they may be interested in participating, I would
appreciate a quick reply, so that I may add you to my mailing list.
If anyone has contacts (pref. e-mail) with any school active in
micromouse, I would very much appreciate a quick note.
Last year, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) sponsored this contest and
provided a trophy for the winner. (Last year, that was University of
Nevada, Reno.) I am hopeful they will do likewise this year.
More information will be forthcoming as the time approaches. This
will include an online copy of the rules under which the contest will
Jeff Collins email@example.com
For more information on Micromousing (rules, past mazes and
times, etc.), contact the North American Micromouse
Association (NAMA) at:
aka. Sue Rosenbaum
1086 Central Ave.
Plainfield, NJ 07061