May - Beginning of testing phase in which you are invited to test your agents using our servers. August - registration phase. First week of September- qualification phase. In which you have to prove that your agents' connections to our servers are stable and reliable. Second week of September - tournament. After tournament - publications.
First Release MAPC Package 2013
Today we proudly announce that we have just released the first MAPC-package for the 2013 edition. You can find it here:
This package includes the MASSim-Server plus the 2013-scenario, a monitor for debugging, two simple dummy-agents for testing (as well as two teams from 2012) and the documentation. The documentation would be the first thing to have a look at.
The scenario itself is now stable, however, we would like to ask you for some feedback regarding the agent's parameters. If you think it is unbalanced, please let us know. Of course we will also improve the visualization again.
Let me briefly describe the changes since the 2012 version and highlight the new features for developers:
The green boxes in the documentation files mark now the changes since last year. Although it should be sufficient to just read these parts if you were participating last year, we recommend to read all documents carefully again.
Exciting modification to the actions: Some of the actions can now act from a distance! We call these ranged actions, and the visibility range is as a parameter to them.
We changed the number of agents. Your team consists now of 28 agents.
For debugging purposes we recommend specifying the optional "random seed" in the configuration file; that allows one to always play on the same map. For details please have a look at the massim-server documentation. Also, the new statistics functions help you to see whether your agents are working correctly and what you can improve. The table for failed actions for instance shows you how often your agents were executing a wrong action.
Finally, on a more technical level we changed the node-name-prefix from "vertex" to "v" and added new return codes for the actions. For details please have a look at the CHANGELOG.
Last but not least, we are running the test server already now. If you are interested in testing your connection, play against other teams etc. let us know.
Details and News
At the moment we have started to prepare the 2013 version, i.e., implementing new features and completing the documentation. Changes will be in the visualization and the map generation. Also we will change the way actions depend on the visibility range.
If you're interested in the contest please consider registering to our Mailing List. We would be glad if you would consider taking part this year.
Additionally, we compiled the results of the 2012 version. All results, charts and tables are included in the Technical Report (published in the next days). A shorter version can be found in the ProMAS 2012 post-proceedings (published soon).