DARPA’s Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC)


DARPA has announced the nine winners of its Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC). The VRC, which ran from the 17th to the 21st of this month, was the first of three events that make up the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) and tasked the 26 competing teams with developing software that would enable a disaster response robot to quickly and successfully perform three tasks that it would likely encounter in a disaster zone. First movie clips shows the Overview of VRC missions that are a series of three tasks as follows.
1. entering, driving and exiting a utilit vehicle
2. walking across muddy, uneven and debris-strewn terrain
3. attaching a hose connector and turning a valve


All of this took place in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Simulator, which is an open-source, cloud-based platform that calculates and displays the physical and sensory behaviors of the robots in a 3D virtual space, in real time. – the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF).

The top nine winners of the VRC are:

1.Team IHMC from the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola, Fla. (52 points)
2.WPI Robotics Engineering C Squad (WRECS) from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass. (39 points)
3.Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Mass. (34 points)
4.Team TRACLabs, TRACLabs, Inc., Webster, Texas (30 points)
5.JPL/UCSB/Caltech, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. (29 points)
6.TORC/TU Darmstadt/Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. (27 points)
7.Team K, Japan (25 points)
8.Trooper, Lockheed Martin, Cherry Hill, N.J. (24 points)
9.Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio (23 points)

Last movie clip is the JPL/UCSB/Caltech simulation result.

you can hear their approaches ‘crab walking’ if you listen to audio.( last part of the video is impressive. keep watching until the end ^^)

reference :
http://www.darpa.mil/NewsEvents/Releases/2013/06/27.aspx
http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/media.aspx
http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1318779

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