Two teams from Virginia Tech are competing in the Robotics Challenge sponsored by an arm of the U.S. Department of Defense.
They will compete against 15 other teams this weekend in Florida. Their mission: create rescue robots that can maneuver in disaster scenes and save lives.
Read more about the Tech teams, and the competition, in the school’s news release:
BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 19, 2013 – Two Virginia Tech College of Engineering teams are now in Florida taking part in physical trials for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotics Challenge. The event’s end goal: Create rescue robots that can maneuver in disaster scenes and save lives.
The teams from Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering will compete against 15 others at the Dec. 20-21 event at Homestead Miami Speedway. For this baseline trial event, DARPA officials will see how far each of the 17 robotics teams have come in building and programming new robots from scratch, or writing operating program software for pre-built humanoid robots supplied by Boston Dynamics. DARPA is part of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Virginia Tech is participating in both categories, newly robots and pre-provided robots. Read more »