DARPA Robotics Challenge 2015

DARPA Robotics Challenge 2015

On June 5-6, 2015, I went to the DRC Finals  at Fairplex in Pomona, California. The challenge was for a humanoid robot to drive a car, open a door, shut off a valve, cut a hole in sheetrock, and a few other tasks, like climbing stairs or go over debris. There were 4 courses for robots to compete at the same time and they had 1 hour to complete all the tasks.

The Korean team KAIST won with the amazing design of JunHo Oh.

I hung around my husband’s group, SRI Robotics and watched the finals. It’s a pity that news media show mostly the falls of the robots. Well, sure they are going to fall at one time or another. But it is actually more amazing when they succeed. And watching them and the team around them you really want them to succeed.

Below are pictures of some of the competitors and of SRI Robotics people. SRI Robotics demonstrated the endurance of their humanoid Proxy on a treadmill. The whole group did an superbe job setting up the demos. Hopefully some of you were there too to see it!