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DARPA Program Aims to Build Disaster Response Robots; Gill Pratt Comments

DARPA Program Aims to Build Disaster Response Robots; Gill Pratt Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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DARPAA Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-funded program launched last year challenges technology firms to create robots that would help people respond to natural or man-made disasters, DoD Live reported July 24.

DARPA“™s Robotics Challenge seeks to advance research and development of software and hardware for improving mobility of robots, according to the publication.

Gill Pratt, a DARPA program manager, and Brian Gerkey, CEO of the Open Source Robotics Foundation, discussed the initiative at a recent media event.

The first part of the competition saw 26 software developers remotely controlling virtual robot, dubbed Atlas,  inside a simulator built by the nonprofit for the agency.

“Our reason for having this virtual challenge is that we wanted to open the contest to teams that were strong not just in building hardware for robots and programming them with software,“ Pratt said.

He added the event is also intended for “those who had little expertise or experience with robot hardware.“

Boston Dynamics developed Atlas for winning teams to use in the challenge’s next stage, according to the article.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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