University selected for robotics competition

University selected for robotics competition

Faculty and students from UT Arlington have been selected to partner with Pittsburgh-based RE2 and Michigan-based Soar Technology to compete in a major national robotics competition supported by the Defense Department’s research arm.

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s Robotics Challenge selected 18 teams for the competition, which runs through 2014. UT Arlington was one of 11 teams selected for DARPA funding to develop software that will run in a government-provided simulation environment. The goal of the program is to develop, build, and demonstrate innovative robotics technologies to aid in disaster response operations when conditions are deemed too dangerous for humans.

UT Arlington faculty participating in the program include Dan Popa and Frank Lewis in electrical engineering, Alan Bowling and Kamesh Subbarao in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Gian Luca Mariottini in computer science and engineering.

The research will take place at the UT Arlington Research Institute. Retired Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch is the executive director of the institute. He recently was named a consultant and member of the RE2 Advisory Board.

For more information, see the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

Source: MavWire

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