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First Stage Completed

admin | WCCI2008 | Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Dear WCCI-2008 Car Racers,

The first stage of WCCI-2008 car racing competition is now completed. This first step involved 3 tracks and 8 controllers. The three tracks selected for testing the controllers are Ruddskogen, Street-1, and D-Speedway. Five controllers were provided by the participants and they are the actual competitors in the race. Other three controllers were provided as examples by the organizers: one was evolved by Luigi Cardamone, a student of the Politecnico di Milano, one by Julian Togelius, and one from Daniele Loiacono.

For each of the three selected tracks, we run each controller ten times. The performance has been computed as the median (the 50th percentile) over the ten runs to avoid any issue about skewness.

For each track, we sorted the performances and we used the F1 scoring system to assign a score to each controller (10 points to the 1st, 8 points to the 2nd, 6 points to the 3rd and 5/4/3/2/1 points to the other ones).

The score of a controller is computed the sum of the points that the controller received on the three tracks. The scoreboard of this first phase is reported below.

First Stage Results

Note that this scoreboard does not decide the winner. The winner will be decided by a set of ten races involving all the five controllers which will be run tomorrow.

We wish to thank you all for participating to the competition. Stay tuned for the final scoreboard!

Meanwhile, we look forward to meet you at the workshop where movies will be shown and the results of the competition involving also the other three controllers will be shown.

Daniele, Julian, & Pier Luca

Yet Another Neuroevolution Controller

Daniele | WCCI2008 | Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Luigi Cardamone, a master student of Politecnico di Milano, has just submitted a controller. The solution has been evolved using the Kenneth Stanley’s rtNEAT and the C++ API for TORCS provided in the competition package.

The final score of this controller is slightly lower than the one submitted by Matt Simmerson.

You can find the updated scoreboard on the homepage.

First Entry Submitted by Matt Simmerson!

Daniele | WCCI2008 | Thursday, May 1st, 2008

We are very happy to announce that we have received the first entry for the Car Racing Competetion.

Matt Simmerson evolved a controller with NEAT4J that outperforms the programmed controller provided with the competition package!


CG Speedway 1

E-Track 3


Total Score

NEAT4J Controller

(Matt Simmerson)





Simple Driver

(Daniele Loiacono)





Simple Solo Controller

(Julian Togelius)





Car Racing Competition Goolge Group

Daniele | WCCI2008 | Thursday, May 1st, 2008

We now have a Google Group for the competition:  http://groups.google.com/group/racingcompetition
So if you are interested in the competition please have a look to it and feel free to post your questions, suggestions, technical issues, etc.