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Team Cornell
Vehicle Name Spider
Team E-mail contact@dgc.cornell.edu
Website http://dgc.cornell.edu
Location Ithaca, NY
Team Description* We are a group of Cornell University students and faculty who are inspired by the Grand Challenge and are preparing our entry for this competition. Cornell engineers are drawn to difficult challenges, and we look forward to this unique opportunity to test our ingenuity. The real-world engineering experience that this contest offers is unparalleled at most universities and unequaled in any classroom.

Cornell has a long history of successful project teams, such as Formula SAE, Robocup, and the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team, giving us an excellent base of experienced students and a winning reputation. Despite the fact that some competing teams have a one-year head start on us in the Grand Challenge, Cornell engineers have the skills it will take to win. The results from last year indicate that it is not about who has the biggest, most expensive, or most complicated design—the very simplest control systems did almost as well as the most advanced. The team that wins will be the one that is ready to explore new possibilities and ignore existing preconceptions of how a autonomous vehicle should operate.

We have recruited over 40 engineering students to design and develop our entry. They are evenly split between Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and approximately 20 of them are currently pursuing their Masters degree in Engineering. There is no doubt that these members will meet the aggressive goals that have been set.

In addition to students, university faculty play a crucial role in the project. Professor Garcia and Professor Lipson from the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department are on board as faculty advisors. They are providing invaluable technical and organizational assistance. From the Computer Science department, Professor Selman and Professor Huttenlocher are serving as technical advisors, lending their expertise in artificial intelligence and vision technologies.

Sponsors* The Math Works, Singapore Technologies — Kinetics, Northrop Grumman, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Tektronix, Dana, Moog, Analog Devices, Cornell University College of Engineering, Avalanche Engineering, Maxon Motor, Trimble, Kionix, Sway¬A-Way, Vicor, CSA Engineering, KC HiLites, Gidel, Texas Instruments, Point Research, Altera, SICK, Traquair, Howe Performance Power Steering, OmniSTAR, Cooper
Bussman, BGF Industries, Freescale Semiconductor, Alpha Wire Company, and Communication Components.

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



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