Competing in the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge as the SARBOT Team

Garcia, Elena; Ocaña, Manuel; Bergasa, Luis M.; Ferre, Manuel; Abderrahim, Mohamed; Arevalo, Juan C.; Sanz-Merodio, Daniel; Molinos, Eduardo; Hernández, Noelia; Llamazares, Ángel; Suarez, Francisco; Rodriguez, Silvia
Year: 2013
Type of Publication: In Proceedings
Editor: Manuel A. Armada and Alberto Sanfeliu and Manuel Ferre
Volume: 253
Book title: ROBOT2013: First Iberian Robotics Conference
Series: Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Pages: 381-396
Month: November
ISBN: 978-3-319-03652-6
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-03653-3_29
On October 25th 2012 DARPA anounced the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) kick off. The DRC is part of the US Department of Defense’s strategic plan to conduct humanitarian, disaster relief and related operations. The DRC particularly aims to promoting innovation in robotic technology (software and hardware) to improve the capability of ground robotic systems for disaster-response operations. Designed as a three-stage competition, the DRC started with a Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC), where a selection of 26 teams proved their algorithms in a cloud-based simulated platform. The six best-performing teams in the VRC competition won an ATLAS humanoid robot to continue to the second stage of the DRC. This paper describes the work performed by one of the VRC competitors, the SARBOT Team.
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