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Members of Top Nine Software Teams Move Forward from DARPA’s Virtual Robotics Challenge


Thu, 27 Jun 2013 «permalink»

It’s been so hard to not write about this since the competition closed, but now that the press embargo is lifted I’m happy to share with you that the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) has finished in a strong, resounding 1st place in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Virtual Robotics Challenge event (VRC).

It’s been an incredibly fun and challenging path getting here, and the competition was unbelievably fierce; going up against juggernauts like CMU, MIT, Lockheed, Case Western, and all of the other exceptionally brilliant robotics groups that competed was daunting. There were many, many days that we felt like we didn’t even stand a chance, so coming out with a showing like this for us has been fantastic.

All of the final scores for the top placing teams can be found at the source link. Thanks for putting up with the low post volume here on the site while I worked with the rest of my incredibly talented friends and coworkers at IHMC to make this a reality.

From the bottom of my heart,

Doug