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CMU's CHIMP robot reaches competition's final round

| Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, 10:35 p.m.

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/.

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