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DARPA Robotics Challenge Shows Off Software: MIT and JPL Among Winners (Video In Link)

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DARPA Robotics Challenge Shows Off Software: MIT and JPL Among Winners (Video In Link)
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is starting to shell out some awards. It's selected more than half a dozen teams to receive funding after they competed in a software challenge leading up to the agency's Robotics Challenge.

The DARPA Robotics Challenge is a competition to actually create robots, developing both hardware and software. Its main call is for robots that can be used to help victims of natural or man-made disasters and to conduct evacuation operations. These ground-based machines should be able to execute complex tasks in dangerous, degraded or human-engineered environments.

This latest initiative, though, focused more on the software than the hardware. A total of 26 teams from eight countries qualified to compete in the virtual challenge, which was a simulated environment that looked like an obstacle course set in suburbia. Think of it as a high tech video game that allowed judges to examien how well the software worked. Each team applied software of their own design to a simulated robot in order to complete a series of tasks, such as driving a vehicle, walking over uneven ground and using tools. This allowed the judges to see exactly how well the software might be able to be transferred to actual robots.

[link to www.scienceworldreport.com]