DARPA, the Defense Department’s R&D agency, is looking for teams to compete in its Robotics Challenge. The challenge is designed to identify projects that will push robotics technology — specifically for disaster relief — beyond today’s state of the art.
The challenge, which opens in October, offers a $2 million prize to the team whose entry best tackles a series of staged disaster-response scenarios. Their robots will have to handle physical tasks similar to those seen in real-world situations.
The Challenge will involve both hardware and software development. DARPA says it’s structured to encourage creation of “a diversity of innovative solutions.” It’s seeking teams from universities and businesses around the world, as well as individuals.
DARPA will hold an online workshop for those interested on Monday, April 16. You can find details on the workshop here.