NASA Swarmathon III Technical Report Guidelines
Both Physical and Virtual teams are required to submit a Technical Report electronically as a PDF by March 25, 2018 by midnight EST. Instructions for uploading your report are available on the nasaswarmathon.com website. For Swarmathon III reports should not be uploaded to your github repository.
Judges will score papers based on the technical quality, novelty, significance, and clarity according to the rubric below. The judges' decision is final. The Physical team with the winning Technical Report will receive a team plaque and a $200 team scholarship. Second and third place winners will receive certificates.
Similarly, the Virtual team with the winning Technical Report will receive a team plaque and a $200 team scholarship. Second and third place winners will receive certificates.
The report should follow the format of a robotics conference paper. For examples, see the Word or LaTeX paper templates, as well as the peer-reviewed, published proceedings, for the Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) conference.
These templates serve as suggested guidelines for the Swarmathon technical report, and references should be formatted as they are specified in the templates. Scoring will depend only on the specifications in the rubric.
Technical Report Rubric
|Abstract||4-7 sentences summarizing methods, results and most important achievements or discoveries||2|
|Introduction||Describe your team goals and approach. Provide necessary motivation and background to understand your methods, approach, and the significance of your results||2|
|Related Work||Describe any related papers and how your work builds on, implements or differs from other related work||2|
|Methods||Each method may be described in a separate sub-section. Describe algorithms and approaches that you developed using, e.g., psuedocode, equations, flow charts, figures or descriptions.||5|
|Experiments||Describe the physical or virtual experimental setup that you used and how you analyzed your experiments, e.g. explain any statistical tests you used to analyze your experimental results.||5|
|Results||Clearly present the results of your work. Use figures and proper statistical analysis where appropriate.||10|
|Conclusion||Summarize your most important findings||2|
|References||Numbered references formatted according to RSS templates and referenced as numbers in the text||2|