The DARPA Robotics Challenge
The DRC is a competition of robot
systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans
in responding to natural and man-made disasters. It was designed to be
extremely difficult. Participating teams, representing some of the most advanced
robotics research and development organizations in the world, are collaborating
and innovating on a very short timeline to develop the hardware, software,
sensors, and human-machine control interfaces that will enable their robots to
complete a series of challenge tasks selected by DARPA for their relevance to
The DRC Finals will take place from
June 5-6, 2015 at Fairplex in Pomona, California. 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 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.