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The Golem Group / UCLA
Vehicle Name Golem 2
Team E-mail
Location Santa Monica, CA
Team Description* The Golem Group and the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science will be working together to meet the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge for
Autonomous Ground Vehicles.

Founded by Richard Mason and Jim Radford, the Golem Group is an independent group of engineers in Southern California who built an autonomous robot pickup truck for the 2004 Grand Challenge. The Golem Group was the dark horse entry of the 2004 Grand Challenge. It was placed in the second-to-last starting position and its name was not even spelled correctly on the eventís official souvenir T-shirts. But like the protagonist of a heartwarming summer movie, the Golem 1 robot vehicle defied expectations by traveling 5.2 miles autonomously, and was the last vehicle to be disabled. This was the fourth-place finish by distance traveled, but closer to first place than to fifth place. In fact, Golem 1 traveled a greater distance than the next eleven robot vehicles combined.

Professor Stefano Soatto and Professor Emilio Frazzoli are the principal investigators for the UCLA autonomous vehicle effort. UCLA offers the autonomous vehicle engineering courses CS194 and CS269 to interested students.

Algorithms for computer vision will be developed by UCLA and by the computer science
department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Sponsors* MobilEye, BEI Technologies, OmniSTAR, Kenyon Labs
Federal Signal Corporation, and Prime Resource, Inc.

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

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