U.S., International teams to compete for
The DRC is a competition of human-robot systems developed to help emergency personnel respond to natural and man-made disasters. Participating teams from some of the most advanced robotics research and development organizations in the world are designing hardware, software, sensors, and human-machine control interfaces to be tested in a series of tasks selected by
"Six months ago at the DRC Trials, we began physically testing human-supervised robots against disaster-relevant tasks. Their impressive performance gave us the confidence to raise the bar," said Dr.
While the tasks at the DRC Finals will be similar to the Trials, a number of new elements will challenge the team's systems:
* Robots will not be connected to power cords, fall arrestors, or wired communications tethers;
* Humans will not be allowed to physically intervene if a robot falls or get stuck-robots that fall will have to do so without breaking and will have to get up without assistance;
* Speed will be more heavily weighted in the scoring, and all tasks must be completed in a total time of approximately one hour (versus four hours in the DRC Trials);
* Communications will be further degraded and intermittent.
Completing the tasks in the time allotted will require innovations on several fronts, including in the human-robot interfaces teams use to control their robots.
"For the first time, teams will be empowered to exploit cloud and crowd-augmented robotics, two highly promising research areas that allow onsite operators to leverage remote data, computing, and human resources," said Pratt. "These research areas are in their infancy, but after the DRC Finals we hope to see significant innovation."
A number of teams were declared finalists at the DRC Trials based on points scored during the
The 11 finalists are:
* IHMC Robotics (
* Tartan Rescue (
* Team MIT (
* RoboSimian (
* Team TRACLabs (
* Team WPI-CMU (formerly Team WRECS,
* Team Trooper (
* Team ViGiR (TORC Robotics,
* Team THOR (
* Team Valor (
* Team KAIST (Daejeon Metro City,
Pre-registration-the first-step for new teams to participate in the DRC finals-is now open on the DRC website (http: //www.theroboticschallenge.org/participate).
Fairplex, the venue for the DRC Finals, is a not-for-profit, public benefit organization with over 480 acres of multi-use event space located near major airports and highways.
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