CMU's CHIMP robot reaches competition's final round
A four-limbed, human-sized rescue robot developed by a Carnegie Mellon University team will move on to a final Defense Department competition in December after placing third Saturday in semifinals at Homestead, Fla.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency provided the Tartan Rescue Team with $3 million to develop the 400-pound CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform, or CHIMP, and it will share $8 million with seven other finalists to improve its robot before the finals. The winning team in December will receive $2 million.
The DARPA Robotics Challenge seeks to spur development of robots that could respond to natural or man-made disasters in environments hostile to human, such as the Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis in Japan in 2011.
More information on CHIMP and the team, including images and video, is available online at http://www.rec.ri.cmu.edu/projects/tartanrescue/.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Ramps reopen from East Ohio and Heinz streets to northbound Route 28
- Analyst outlines Klein’s supplements, prescriptions
- Police obtain warrant against North Side 17-year-old in Penn Hills shooting
- Movie studio owner building in McKees Rocks is $540K in red
- Pittsburgh still lags in accounting system for off-duty officers
- Slow-moving train hits car in Lawrenceville
- Ferrante defense questions recordkeeping of lab that tested cyanide
- Murky finances lost in grant process for film studio in McKees Rocks
- Boyce Road water main breaks for 3rd time in 3 days
- Police charge 18-year-old Penn Hills man in East Liberty shooting
- Newsmaker: Anya Lernatovych