Friday, June 28, 2013

Virtual Robotics Challenge winners named by DARPA

Nine lucky winners have been announced by DARPA of its Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC).

The VRC, which ran from the 17th to the 21st of this month, was the first of three events that make up the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) and tasked the 26 competing teams with developing software that would enable a disaster response robot to quickly and successfully perform three tasks that it would likely encounter in a disaster zone.

The nine winning teams, which have qualified to compete in the DRC Trials in December are:

  • Team IHMC, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola, Fla. (52 points)
  • WPI Robotics Engineering C Squad (WRECS), Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass. (39 points)
  • MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. (34 points)
  • Team TRACLabs, TRACLabs, Inc., Webster, Texas (30 points)
  • JPL / UCSB / Caltech, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. (29 points)
  • TORC, TORC / TU Darmstadt / Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. (27 points)
  • Team K, Japan (25 points)
  • TROOPER, Lockheed Martin, Cherry Hill, N.J. (24 points)
  • Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio (23 points)

A total of seven teams will now be competing in the DRC Trials in December with ATLAS robots and DARPA support against other teams fielding their own robots.

Read more at: Gizmag

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