• Systems competing in the DARPA robotics challenge must demonstrate the ability to help humans in case of emergency.
     Systems competing in the DARPA robotics challenge must demonstrate the ability to help humans in case of emergency.

DARPA Announces Robotics Challenge Finalists

March 5, 2015
By George I. Seffers
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Twenty-five teams from around the world to face off in final competition.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has released a list of 25 teams to perform in the finals of the DARPA Robotics Challenge to be held June 5-6, 2015, at Fairplex in Pomona, California, outside of Los Angeles. Human-robot teams will be tested on capabilities that could enable them to provide assistance in future natural and man-made disasters.

Fourteen new teams from Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, the People’s Republic of China, South Korea and the United States qualified to join 11 previously announced teams. The roboteams will vie for a chance to win one of three cash prizes totaling $3.5 million.

To qualify for the finals, the new teams had to submit videos showing successful completion of five sample tasks: engage an emergency shut-off switch get up from a prone position locomote 10 meters without falling; pass over a barrier; and rotate a circular valve 360 degrees.

The qualifying teams are:


Team Hector

Lead Organization: Technische Universität Darmstadt

Location: Darmstadt, Germany

Robot Name: THORMANG

Website: http://www.tu-darmstadt.de/index.en.jsp

Team NimbRo Rescue

Lead Organization: University of Bonn

Location: Bonn, Germany

Robot Name: Momaro

Website: http://www.ais.uni-bonn.de/nimbro/Rescue

Hong Kong

Team HKU

Lead Organizations: Hong Kong University, Case Western Reserve University

Location: Hong Kong, Cleveland

Robot Name: Atlas

Website: http://engg.hku.hk/home/robotics/index.htm


Team Walk-Man

Lead Organizations: Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, University of Pisa

Locations: Genoa and Pisa, Italy

Robot Name: WALK-MAN

Website: www.walk-man.eu


Team Aero

Lead Organization: University of Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Robot Name: N/A (Custom)

Website: http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/


Lead Organization: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Location: Tokyo

Robot Name: HRP2+

Website: http://www.aist.go.jp/index_en.html

 Team HRP2-Tokyo

Lead Organization: University of Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Robot Name: HRP2

Website: http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/

 Team NEDO-Hydra

Lead Organization: University of Tokyo

Location: Tokyo

Robot Name: N/A (Custom)

Website: http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/


Lead Organization: University of Tokyo, Chiba Institute of Technology, Osaka

University, Kobe University

Location: Tokyo, Chiba, Osaka and Kobe, Japan

Robot Name: N/A

Website: http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/

People’s Republic of China

Team Intelligent Pioneer

Lead Organization: Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Location: Changzhou, China

Robot Name: IP-2

Website: http://www.iamt.cas.cn/

South Korea


Lead Organization: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Location: Daejeon, South Korea

Robot Name: DRC-HUBO

Website: www.kaist.edu


Lead Organization: ROBOTIS

Location: Seoul

Robot Name: THORMANG 2

Website: http://www.robotis.com

Team SNU

Lead Organization: Seoul National University

Location: Seoul

Robot Name: THORMANG

Websites: http://dyros.snu.ac.kr, http://mipal.snu.ac.kr, http://www.simlab.co.kr

United States

Tartan Rescue

Lead Organization: Carnegie Mellon University, National Robotics Engineering Center

Location: Pittsburgh

Robot Name: CHIMP

Website: http://www.tartanrescue.org/

Team DRC-Hubo

Lead Organization: University of Las Vegas

Location: Las Vegas

Robot Name: DRC-Hubo

Website: http://www.drc-hubo.com

Team Grit

Lead Organizations: Grit Robotics, Colorado Mesa University, AutonomouStuff LLC,


Location: Grand Junction, Colorado; Morton, Illinois; Moscow, Idaho

Robot Name: Cog-Burn

Website: http://www.gritrobotics.co/

Team IHMC Robotics

Lead Organization: Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition

Location: Pensacola, Florida

Robot Name: Ian (Atlas)

Website: http://robots.ihmc.us/drc/

Team MIT

Lead Organization: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Robot Name: Helios (Atlas)

Website: http://drc.mit.edu/

Team RoboSimian

Lead Organization: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Location: Pasadena, California

Robot Name: RoboSimian

Website: http://www.robotics.jpl.nasa.gov/tasks/showTask.cfm?TaskID=236&tdaID=700043

Team THOR.

Lead Organizations: University of California-Los Angeles, University of Pennsylvania

Location: Los Angeles, Philadelphia

Robot Name: THOR-OP

Website: http://www.romela.org/main/Robotics_and_Mechanisms_Laboratory

Team TRACLabs

Lead Organization: TRACLabs Inc.

Location: Webster, Texas

Robot Name: Hercules (Atlas)

Website: http://traclabs.com

Team Trooper

Lead Organization: Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories

Location: Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Robot Name: Atlas

Website: http://lockheedmartin.com/us/what-we-do/emerging/robotics.html

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