25 teams in finals for DARPA’s high-risk robotics challenge

by Kevin McCaney, Defense Systems, March 9, 2015

“The field is set for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotics Challenge (http://www.darpa.mil/NewsEvents/Releases/2015/03/05.aspx), which has now grown to 25 teams from seven countries in what has become perhaps the most anticipated—and most difficult—robotics competition ever. The teams will compete June 5-6 at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., in a variety of disaster-response tasks, with three cash prizes totaling $3.5 million at stake. But from DARPA’s point of view, a lot more than money is at stake. Although the focus from the start has been on developing robots that could respond to areas too dangerous for humans—inspired by the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown in Japan—an underlying goal also is to improve the state-of-the-art in robotics. …”

For the full article, see http://defensesystems.com/Articles/2015/03/09/DARPA-DRC-finals-25-teams.aspx?s=ds_110315&Page=1

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