AI News, CMU, OSU team wins first event in DARPA Subterranean Challenge

CMU, OSU team wins first event in DARPA Subterranean Challenge

The team, whose members come from Carnegie Mellon University and Oregon State University, deployed robots to autonomously map and search underground mines.

The robots had to navigate on their own for an hour at a time as they searched for objects such as simulated human survivors, in a mine-disaster scenario.

The challenge will develop technologies needed by military and civilian first responders when faced with damaged underground environments suspected to be unsafe for humans.

To accomplish their mission in the Tunnel Circuit, the robots needed to cope with mine conditions such as mud and water, and to communicate with each other and with a base station outside the mine despite the radio limitations inherent in underground operations.

Unlike most teams, which relied on off-the-shelf robots, Explorer designed and built its two ground vehicles and two drones specifically to operate in the mines.

Geoff Hollinger, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University (OSU) and a CMU robotics alumnus, and his students provided additional expertise in multirobot systems.

The team benefited from previous CMU work on mining applications and from experience in other DARPA challenges, including its victory in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge robot race that popularized self-driving cars.

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