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DARPA picks robotics winners

Eight of the 16 competitors in the DARPA Robotics Challenge will get funding to continue research.

Dec. 26, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
By MICHAEL HARDY   |   Comments
DARPA employees prepare sets for the Robotics Challenge. Nearly 250 DARPA staff members worked day and night for a week to get ready for the event.
DARPA employees prepare sets for the Robotics Challenge. Nearly 250 DARPA staff members worked day and night for a week to get ready for the event. (DARPA)
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Eight teams that competed in the DARPA Robotics Challenge have been selected to receive up to $1 million in funding to continue their work. According to DARPA’s announcement, the winning teams and their scores (out of a total of 32 possible points) were:

■ 27 points: SCHAFT (SCHAFT, Inc., Tokyo, Japan)

■ 20 points: IHMC Robotics (Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, Pensacola, Fla.)

■ 18 points: Tartan Rescue (Carnegie Mellon University, National Robotics Engineering Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.)

■ 16 points: Team MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Boston, Mass.)

■ 14 points: RoboSimian (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Los Angeles, Calif.)

■ 11 points: Team TRACLabs (TRACLabs, Inc., Webster, Tex.)

■ 11 points: WPI Robotics Engineering C-Squad (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass.)

■ 9 points: Team Trooper (Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories, Cherry Hill, N.J.)

“At the start of the event, I said that I would be thrilled if even one team scored half the points available,” said Gill Pratt, the DARPA program manager for the challenge. “The event exceeded my expectations multiple, multiple times over, with the top four teams each scoring half or more.”

The competition, held Dec. 20-21, pitted 16 teams and their prototype robots against a set of eight tasks to measure their disaster response skills. It took place at the Homestead Speedway in Homestead, Fla

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