DARPA challenge greatly propelled humanoid robotics — and WPI

After working for two and a half years, putting in thousands of hours and writing more than a million lines of code, the robotics team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) finished in the top third of competitors in DARPA’s Robotics Challenge.

However, maybe even more important, they not only helped advance the field of humanoid robotics, but some believe their work also made them better researchers and better teachers…

The full ComputerWorld article can be found here:
http://www.computerworld.com/article/2943956/emerging-technology/darpa-challenge-greatly-propelled-humanoid-robotics-and-wpi.html

DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

The WPI-CMU robot (Warner) was the only robot that scored points (14/16 over
two days), tried all tasks, and didn’t fall or
need human intervention (a reset).
Our safety code was able to handle a bad step on
the cinderblock rough terrain on day 1, and a wrist failure
on day 2 which resulted in the robot almost pushing itself
over.
We had trouble with the drill on day 1 (human programming error) and due
to a wrist hardware failure on day 2.

More info can be found here: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~cga/drc/

Time lapse video from Day 1 of WPI-CMU

Time lapse video from Day 2 of WPI-CMU

Standings

DRC FINALS TEAM STANDINGS
TEAM SCORE TIME
TEAM KAIST 8 44:28
TEAM IHMC ROBOTICS 8 50:26
TARTAN RESCUE 8 55:15
TEAM NIMBRO RESCUE 7 34:00
TEAM ROBOSIMIAN 7 47:59
TEAM MIT 7 50:25
TEAM WPI-CMU 7 56:06
TEAM DRC-HUBO AT UNLV 6 57:41
TEAM TRAC LABS 5 49:00
TEAM AIST-NEDO 5 52:30
TEAM NEDO-JSK 4 58:39
TEAM SNU 4 59:33
TEAM THOR 3 27:47
TEAM HRP2-TOKYO 3 30:06
TEAM ROBOTIS 3 30:23
TEAM VIGIR 3 48:49
TEAM WALK-MAN 2 36:35
TEAM TROOPER 2 42:32
TEAM HECTOR 1 02:44
TEAM VALOR 0 00:00
TEAM AERO 0 00:00
TEAM GRIT 0 00:00
TEAM HKU 0 00:00