This was my first time being a judge at a First FTC tournament. It was on Jan 16 at the Cardinal Gibbons High School. Two years ago when I first visited the FTC tournament to collect data, I saw judges visiting teams and asking questions. I was interested in all the materials in their hand, and all the questions they asked. I had never thought of a day when I could be a robotics judge.
It was very intense to interview the teams at 10 min interval and judge their performance according to the criteria of each award. After finishing judging, the judge team got a chance to watch the real games. It was also my first time naturalistically observe a tournament to collect data for my Human Robot Interaction research.
Lixiao Huang, a human factors scientist who is enthusiastic about human-robot interaction research.