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Austin Robot Technology
Vehicle Name MARVIN the Land Robot
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Location Austin, TX
Team Description* Austin Robot Technology is a team of volunteers, with a wide range of expertise in hardware, software and mechanical systems. The Grand Challenge is an exciting, difficult, and highly competitive contest and we relish the opportunity to help push the envelope of technology. The goal of the Grand Challenge is to save lives on the battlefield and we want to help develop this technology.

From the onset we have focused on building the right team in order to be competitive at the Grand Challenge. We have succeeded at building a very strong team, recruiting many team members and advisors from top Texas universities such as Rice University and The University of Texas at Austin, as well as drawing talent from many other universities such as Brown, Cornell and Rensselaer.

Our team banner describes our team perfectly. It is a quote from an address given by President John F. Kennedy on September 12, 1962 at Rice University, in which he justifies our country's quest to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade. In his famous speech President Kennedy said: "...But why, some say, the moon? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to do these things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard."

The DARPA Grand Challenge is an effort undertaken primarily by either universities or by small teams of volunteers (like our team). A volunteer effort such as ours can only flourish with the sponsorship of companies and we are fortunate to have found many sponsors who want to be a part of this historic event and who are willing to help our team succeed. The Suzuki-Isuzu dealership of Austin deserves special recognition; we are very fortunate to have them as one of our primary sponsors. The support we have received from the dealership can not be underestimated. They have provided our vehicle and most of our funding and they are one of the key reasons for our team's success. Thank you Suzuki-Isuzu of Austin!!! We would not be here without you!

Austin is a unique, diverse, talent-rich city. We believe that our team reflects our city's vibrant and creative workforce. As part of our goal of making sure that Austin is well represented at this event, we continue to recruit team members, technical collaborators, and sponsors from one of the best talent pools in the world--the Austin technology and academic communities.

Sponsors* Suzuki-Isuzu of Austin.

*This information is supplied by the team.  DARPA does not verify team descriptions or sponsor lists.

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