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Something remarkable is happening in Building 9 here at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. Imagine a long, giant warehouse-like building divided into 24 bays, within which people from around the world are unpacking their robots and preparing them for the DRC Finals. Imagine lids being pried off the tops of reinforced wooden crates, foam padding and stuffing peanuts being brushed aside, and then slowly-with the help of gantries and winches-metallic creatures rising from their shipping crypts like mummies exhumed not from the past but from a future.

06/02/2015 - 15:08

The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals will showcase 24 teams from around the world demonstrating the ability of their robots to conduct key relief tasks in a simulated disaster setting. At stake: $3.5 million in prizes, and the chance to help bring this fledgling engineering discipline to maturity. A technology Exposition, co-located with the Finals event, will show viewers state-of-the-art robotics technology through more than 70 exhibits and interactive demonstrations by robotics companies, STEM organizations, first responders and competing DRC teams.

05/29/2015 - 23:24
Five High School Students Win Robots4Us Video Contest - and a Trip to the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals
Winners created compelling short videos about the future of robots in society and will get the chance to discuss their ideas and see current cutting-edge robots in action

05/13/2015 - 12:19
Team TROOPER's (Mostly) New Robot Gets a New Name
When the 75 percent updated Atlas arrived at Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Laboratories in New Jersey looking like an entirely new robot, the members of Team TROOPER decided it was time to give it a new name, too. So they invited all 112,000 Lockheed Martin employees to help vote on a name for their robot ahead of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.

04/29/2015 - 12:43
One of the hardest tasks for robots in the 2013 DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials was driving. During the DRC Finals, the 25 competing robots and teams will face the driving task again, and this time it will be even more difficult. Are they up to the challenge? Thanks to a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) DARPA signed with Polaris, the teams have a new opportunity to succeed.

04/22/2015 - 09:27
In preparation for the DRC Finals, DARPA, with assistance from the Navy's SPAWAR-Atlantic organization, built a test environment at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., to allow teams and event organizers to experiment over a two-week period in March with potential course tasks and a new wireless communications setup.

04/19/2015 - 22:36
When the DARPA Robotics Challenge first began to coalesce from an idea to a plan, we knew that we wanted to create a lasting legacy not only for robot hardware capabilities, but also for robotics simulation software. To help with these efforts, DARPA contracted with the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) in 2012.

04/17/2015 - 12:36

Listen to DARPA Program Manager discuss robots, the DARPA Robotics Challenge event, the trials creating robots to maneuvering through unknown environment and more on TECHSTUFF.

03/31/2015 - 17:02