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Karthik: Effective FIRST Strategies 2011

With the Championships in St. Louis rapidly approaching, I'd like to remind teams of the FIRST Robotics Conference which will be taking place. At 4:00 PM on Wednesday evening, I will once again be delivering my seminar on Effective FIRST Strategies. Here are the threads discussing the last two editions of this seminar:

http://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=76778
http://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=84958

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This presentation focuses on three major areas, Strategic Design, Match Planning/Execution, and Scouting. Rather than spending time on equations and detailed calculations, the Strategic Design gives a more high-level overview of how to design an FRC robot. This portion of the presentation includes sections on such often neglected strategic design areas such as Game Analysis, Chokehold Strategies, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Task Prioritization, and Tradeoffs using a case studies from past games. The Match Planning/Execution section of the presentation discusses effective habits and strategies that will help lead a team to victory. This is a must for those who enjoy the strategic aspects of FIRST. The Scouting section deals with effective techniques to collect information on your partners/opponents, and how to make the most of this data. Advanced statistical metrics analgous to "Sabremetrics" in baseball will also be discussed. The presentation is filled with entertaining and insightful historical FIRST anecdotes from the past 13 years. With the information in this presentation, you can turn your team from a mere competitor to a perennial powerhouse!
If there are any topics you'd like to discussed in detail, or questions you'd like answered, post them here and I'll be happy to address them during the presentation.

If you're really into FIRST strategy, looking to improve your team, curious what it means to be "fresh to death", or just looking for some good FIRST related laughs, this is a presentation you won't want to miss.

For information on how to register please visit the following link:

http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprogr....aspx?id=19359
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Re: Karthik: Effective FIRST Strategies 2010

Is the presentation on Wednesday or Friday. The schedule here says Wednesday at 4:00pm: http://usfirst.org/uploadedFiles/Rob...e_Schedule.pdf I hope its Friday, because I could then attend.
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Re: Karthik: Effective FIRST Strategies 2010

Hey, Mr. Kanagasabapathy, it's 2011.
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Re: Karthik: Effective FIRST Strategies 2010

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Hey, Mr. Kanagasabapathy, it's 2011.
Yup, my bad.

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Is the presentation on Wednesday or Friday. The schedule here says Wednesday at 4:00pm: http://usfirst.org/uploadedFiles/Rob...e_Schedule.pdf I hope its Friday, because I could then attend.
Yup, my bad x2. The presentation is Wednesday afternoon. Friday at 4:00 pm we should all be busy watching matches and planning our upcoming strategies!
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Re: Karthik: Effective FIRST Strategies 2011

I went to this one last year, and highly recommend it for all teams.
If you are a read the rules and start building, this will be a real eye opener.
If you think you know strategy, but find yourselves not making it out of the quarter finals... Pay close attention to all the details.

After attending this seminar, we began looking at the gaps in our team, and it has paid dividends. Thanks again for doing this.
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Re: Karthik: Effective FIRST Strategies 2011

Will the presentation materials and the video of the presentation be available online for those unable to attend Championships?
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Re: Karthik: Effective FIRST Strategies 2011

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Will the presentation materials and the video of the presentation be available online for those unable to attend Championships?
The presentation slides themselves (at least last years) were on the Simbotics website.




Not sure if he will keep all the slides the same or not. I went last year and the things I learned and tried to implement this year helped our team a lot.
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Re: Karthik: Effective FIRST Strategies 2011

Karthik - Thanks for all that you put into this sport - it was a real joy to see you in action at Vex Worlds.

I am sorry to be missing Championships this year and doubly sorry that I will miss this presentation. I would be very interested in seeing the updated slides posted online. I will definitely share them with my teams.

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Re: Karthik: Effective FIRST Strategies 2010

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Is the presentation on Wednesday or Friday. The schedule here says Wednesday at 4:00pm: http://usfirst.org/uploadedFiles/Rob...e_Schedule.pdf
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... Yup, my bad x2. The presentation is Wednesday afternoon. Friday at 4:00 pm we should all be busy watching matches and planning our upcoming strategies!
Wednesday at 4:00 is perfect for me -- this is the ONLY workshop I will be able to attend, because volunteer duties conflict with the rest of them. After many years of missing them, I might finally get to attend one of Karthik's presentations!
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Re: Karthik: Effective FIRST Strategies 2011

Some topics that I'm going to discuss this year that I haven't covered in detail in the past:

- Alliance selection strategy
- Should you have a "Do Not Pick List"
- Showcasing your robot versus playing to win
- What advanced stats can tell you, and what they can't?
- The secret behind the accomplishments of the great teams

I just did a walk through of the presentation, I think everyone who attends is going to have a great time. See you all Wednesday afternoon.
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Re: Karthik: Effective FIRST Strategies 2011

I attended this presentation last year, and it was pretty awesome.

1511 loves your contributions to FIRST, Karthik!

We'll send some kids your way!
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Some topics that I'm going to discuss this year that I haven't covered in detail in the past:

- Alliance selection strategy
- Should you have a "Do Not Pick List"
- Showcasing your robot versus playing to win
- What advanced stats can tell you, and what they can't?
- The secret behind the accomplishments of the great teams

I just did a walk through of the presentation, I think everyone who attends is going to have a great time. See you all Wednesday afternoon.

Also included that was covered in detail in the 2009 seminar:
A discussion on Parisian architecture and/or landmarks.
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Re: Karthik: Effective FIRST Strategies 2011

I really wish I could make this. Our team will not let us take a step out of our group, especially on Wednesday, when we will be un-crating and getting the bot ready for inspection. I would do anything to attend this.
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Re: Karthik: Effective FIRST Strategies 2011

How long will the seminar last? I know that our team would really love to attend, especially our mentors. We are a very small 100% Rookie team that could truly benefit from your presentation. Just not sure how it's possible because they will un-crating the robot and working in the pit area.

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How long will the seminar last? I know that our team would really love to attend, especially our mentors. We are a very small 100% Rookie team that could truly benefit from your presentation. Just not sure how it's possible because they will un-crating the robot and working in the pit area.
It's an hour long from 4:00-5:00, which is before the pits open.
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