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DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Experience

  • Mar 25, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Levi Lister participated in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials in December on the Tartan Rescue team from Carnegie Mellon University. He will share his experiences and discuss the CHIMP robot, a 400-lb, 5-foot tall humanoid robot, which placed third out of sixteen teams and advanced to the DRC Finals.

During the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident, robots weren’t able to inspect the facility, assess damage, and fix problems. The DRC's goal is to change that by jumpstarting development of robots that can respond to disasters - both natural and man-made. Robots competing in the competition must work in dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environments. They must open doors, turn valves, and connect a hose. They must use hand tools to cut through a panel. They must drive a vehicle, clear debris, and climb a stair ladder. It’s all part of a disaster response scenario that the robots must complete during the challenge.

CHIMP (CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform) is a semi-autonomous humanoid robot. Unlike other humanoids, CHIMP has tank treads on its arms and legs to drive around while maintaining static stability to avoid the complexity of balancing. Its head is packed with sensors to generate full 3-D representations of the environment and transmit to human operators for situational awareness. CHIMP was designed, built, and tested in 15 months leading up to the DRC.
Levi Lister is a Robotics Engineer at Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center in Pittsburgh, PA. He has worked on various robotics projects from autonomous tractors to the 6.5 ton "Crusher."


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  • Theresa de M.

    Chimp truly was was Shaft. And although I was initially surprised to hear that Google is branching out and acquiring two robotics companies, upon giving it further thought, that's not so surprising considering all of the possible applications... Thank you Hansol for hosting such a cool event!

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Ray B.

    Excellent presentation last night Levi. Nice job!

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Doug S.

    Excellent info about high-end robotic development.

    March 25, 2014

  • Theresa de M.

    Sounds like a really fascinating lecture. Am really looking forward to attending this meeting!

    March 24, 2014

  • Elle

    Active Lifestyle Needs meetup group is hosting "Particle Fever" outing. This documentary is showing one week only. Friday, March 21 @ The Ken Cinema. I'm going..if anyone is interested, check out the meetup page.

    March 19, 2014

    • Hansol H.

      Thank for the information Ellen. Do you mind creating a new event for this?

      March 20, 2014

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