Programming Challenge 2010!
Disaster Scotland have been allocated a special area at Edinburgh Airport to fly out the very large amounts of aid collected for the Phrygian Earthquake disaster. Each type of aid is packed into a large metal container for easy transportation. Here are examples of the types of container:
Antibiotics, Blankets, Children's clothing, Milk powder,
Oatmeal, Surgical supplies, Tents, Water-purification tablets
Airlines have made a cargo plane available, and a local company have given them free use of two Autonomous Robot Loaders, (ARLs), state-of-the-art robots that can automatically find a container of the specified type if given its position in the storage area and load it onto the aircraft. They have built-in navigation that means they do not get in each other's way. The aircraft can take 10 containers on each flight.
The Challenge is to build a system that will output a set of instructions to the ARLs so that the most urgent aid is packed into the aircraft as quickly as possible for a given flight. This may mean some containers have to be moved so as to get at the ones specified.
Are you studying for Higher or Advanced Higher Computing?
Could you or your team write software to to tell two Autonomous Robot Loaders which containers of disaster relief to load into an aircraft?
Then why not enter the Heriot-Watt University Programming Challenge
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