DARPA Robotics Challenge: meet the eight finalists

  • Team SCHAFT's S-One Image credit: DOD
  • Team IHMC competes in the wall task. Image credit: DARPA
  • Team MIT Image credit: DARPA
  • Team Robosimian Image credit: DARPA
  • Team Tartan Rescue CHIMP Image credit: DARPA
  • Team TRACLabs Image credit: DARPA
  • Team TROOPER Image credit: DARPA
  • Team WRECS Image credit: DARPA
Date:29 April 2014 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

In December 2013, 16 teams from universities, companies and Nasa gathered at Florida’s Homestead Miami Speedway to compete in the most demanding robotic competition ever staged – DARPA’s Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials.

Each of the team’s robots had to complete a series of challenge tasks selected by DARPA for their relevance to disaster response.

DARPA awarded $1 million (about R11 million) to each of the top eight finishers, which will appear in the finals, to be held later in 2014 or early 2015.

Meet the teams and their robots that qualified for DARPA funding in the Robotics Challenge Trials:

1st place | Team Schaft
Score: 27 points out of a possible 32

Robot: S-One

Bipedal robot based on the existing Schaft HRP-2 robot.

Developed by: Schaft, Inc

Region: Tokyo, Japan

 

2nd place | Team IHMC Robotics
Score: 20 points out of a possible 32

Robot: Atlas-Ian

Bipedal robot; 28 hydraulically actuated joints; modular wrists accept 3rd-party hands; based on Petman robot.

Developed by: IHMC Robotics

Region: Pensacola, Florida

 

3rd place | Team Tartan Rescue
Score: 18 points out of a possible 32

Robot: CHIMP

Quadrapedal but can stand bipedally; tank treads on feet and forearms to maximise stability over uneven terrain.

Developed by: Carnegie Mellon University National Robotics Engineering Centre

Region: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

4th place | Team MIT
Score: 16 points out of a possible 32

Robot: Atlas-Helios

Bipedal. 28 hydraulically actuated joints; modular wrists accept 3rd-party hands; based on Petman robot.

Developed by: MIT

Region: Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

5th place | Team Robosimian
Score: 14 points out of a possible 32

Robot: Robosimian

Quadrapedal but can stand bipedally; four general-purpose limbs and hands capable of both mobility and manipulation.

Developed by: Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Region: Pasadena, California

 

6th place | Team TRACLabs
Score: 11 points out of a possible 32

Robot: Atlas-Hercules

Bipedal; 28 hydraulically actuated joints; modular wrists accept 3rd-party hands; based on Petman robot.

Developed by: TRACLabs, Inc

Region: Webster, Texas

 

7th place | Team WPI Robotics Engineering C Squad (WRECS)
Score: 11 points out of a possible 32

Robot: Atlas-Warner

Bipedal; 28 hydraulically actuated joints; modular wrists accept 3rd-party hands; based on Petman robot.

Developed by: WPI

Region: Worcester, Massachusetts

 

8th place | Team Trooper
Score: 9 points out of a possible 32

Robot: Atlas-Rocky

Bipedal; 28 hydraulically actuated joints; modular wrists accept 3rd-party hands; based on Petman robot.

Developed by: Lockheed Martin

Region: Cherry Hill, New Jersey

 

The DRC Finals will require robots to attempt a circuit of consecutive physical tasks, with degraded communications between the robots and their operators; the winning team will receive a $2 million (about R22 million) prize.

Technologies resulting from the DRC will transform the field of robotics and catapult forward development of robots featuring task-level autonomy that can operate in the hazardous, degraded conditions common in disaster zones.