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Best Robots – DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals 2015

February 26th, 2016

Beginnings of Skynet: The Best Robots in the World Meets in DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals 2015
From YouTube: Published on Jun 10, 2015

The winner of this final is the Kaist Korean Team, that won 2 millions dollars.

DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) is a competition funded by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). The competition takes place from 2012 to June 2015. The stated aim is to develop semi-autonomous ground robots that can perform “complex tasks in hazardous environments, degraded and built by man” 1. The DRC following the DARPA Grand Challenge and the principle of the DARPA Urban Challenge. The competition began in October 2012. Originally, it was to be held for about 33 months with three competitions including a Virtual Robotics Challenge (HRV), which took place in June 2013 and two challenges “real” tests in December 2013 and the final in June 2015.

Besides stimulating the development of semi-autonomous robots, the DRC also seeks to make the robotics software and the development of robotic systems more accessible in the future. To this end, the DRC funded the adaptation of the robot simulator GAZEBO by the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF), and construction by Boston Dynamics ATLAS six robots that are given to teams that have performed the best scores in the Virtual robotics challenge (HRV).

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