Prof. Max Bramer (for British Computer Society Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence, SGAI) & Dr. John L. Gordon (for the Applied Knowledge Research Institute, AKRI) in association with the Electrolux Group.


A permanent trophy awarded for one year plus a £1,000 cash prize sponsored by Electrolux.

Date and Venue

The competition will be held on Tuesday December 16th 2003 in Peterhouse College, Cambridge, UK during the annual SGAI conference AI-2003. The conference website is at

Entry Fee

There is no entry fee but competitors will be asked to meet their own costs. Conference registration is not required.


All registered delegates at the AI-2003 conference will be eligible to vote for the winning entry in a secret ballot. The competitor receiving most votes will be the winner.


The competition is open to all. A maximum of 5 entries will be presented. To control numbers, these will be selected by the organisers on the basis of information provided by the entrants.


During the after dinner talk at ES2000, Rick Magaldi from British Airways discussed the progress of Machine Intelligence in terms of the progress of human flight. Flight has been mastered in a way not yet paralleled by the emergence of machine intelligence. At one point Rick discussed one of the significant developments in the desire to fly as being when learned people started to confidently but usually disastrously, throw themselves off buildings. The consensus at ES2000 was that within AI, we have not really got to the stage where we are throwing ourselves off buildings. This is about to change. The SGAI (with AKRI) have decided to give people an opportunity to hurl themselves into the void, risking public ridicule and career stagnation to show what they have really achieved in the development of Machine Intelligence. This competition will put on show real systems working in real time. It is hoped that the competition and the competitors, over several years, will provide a new interest and visible improvements in the development of machine intelligence.

The competition will rely on people being open about developments, no matter how small these may appear. It will also serve as an opportunity to see what others can achieve and could prove a valuable source of ideas.


Guidelines for Entrants

Guidelines for those considering entering are given here (Word 2000 format).

Guidelines for Demonstrators

Guidelines for Demonstrators are available from here (Word 2000 format).

Prize Presentation

Presenters will be invited to attend the conference dinner as guests of SGAI. The prize will be awarded during the dinner.


  1. Entries must reflect genuine progress towards machine intelligence.
  2. Entries must be demonstrated live at the conference.
  3. Demonstrations may be physical systems brought to the conference or demonstrations over a live link to the conference. The responsibility for maintaining the link will be with the demonstrator.
  4. Presentations may be preceded by a short introduction.
  5. Presenters will not be allowed to disclose the AI or other technology used in the system but will be allowed to state what function or activity the system will perform during the demonstration.
  6. Demonstrations must be carried out on a floor area no larger than 3m x 4m (this will probably be a stage area at the conference).
  7. Commercial products are acceptable as entries as long as the demonstrators own the IPR to the system or have the permission of the owners to demonstrate it within the competition context.
  8. A winning entry may not be entered in an unaltered state, for the same competition in later years.
  9. Entries will be judged by the AI-2003 conference delegates.
  10. Presenters are responsible for the security and safety of their demonstrations. Conference organisers will however, try to assist in the provision of storage and set up areas for demonstrations.
  11. The competition will run each year during the annual SGAI conference provided that 3 or more finalists are available.
  12. The SGAI and AKRI reserve the right to make changes to these rules.

Closing Date for Entries

The closing date is October 1st 2003. However, early entry is strongly advised. Early entries will benefit from constructive feedback from the review panel.

Entry Form

You can enter online at or download the PDF version.

Further Information

Prof. Max Bramer (Chairman, SGAI) email:

Dr. John L. Gordon (Director, AKRI) email: