Announced a list of tasks for the robot competition DARPA Robotics Challenge





This week, 17 teams and their robots to meet the peninsula of Florida in Homestead Miami Speedway (USA), where they will participate in an ambitious competition robots DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials, which will take place on Friday and Saturday (December 20-21). The competition will involve representatives from five different countries, who will show their robots.

Competition organizer is Agency Defense Advanced Research Projects USA ( DARPA ). The purpose of the competition – to push the development of robotics in the world. DARPA has produced eight goals aimed at checking the most diverse abilities of robots. Among them: checking remote control robot operator, the ability of robots to automatically make the right decisions, checking their perception, mobility, agility and strength.


Below is a list of the eight tasks.
First Objective. Moving on technique

The robot will need to demonstrate their ability to control and maneuver the vehicle around a series of predetermined pylons. The challenge will be overcoming pledged and demonstrate the feasibility of the route turn the steering wheel and press the gas pedal. At the finish line robot must show the jury that he is able to get himself out of the car and head to the final point of this quest.
Second Objective. Foot movement

This task is aimed at identifying opportunities for the robot to the intersection of different types of surfaces. First, the robot will have to overcome the obstacle of different ramps, and then go through two piles of bricks that will simulate debris lying on the ground. The bricks will not be attached to the surface, so the robot will need to demonstrate their ability to deal with obstacles in the form of an unstable surface.
Third Objective. Staircase


Under this task the robot will need to climb the ladder height of 2.4 meters. Number of received reward points will be proportional to the number of stages on which the robot can climb. This task does not include the possibility of the robot back down the stairs. If necessary, the robot can climb down the ladder competition organizers.
Fourth Objective. Scavenging

To demonstrate their mobility and dexterity robot will need to remove five pieces of garbage within its path. According to the DARPA, no part of this garbage should not touch the floor within a pre-contoured in the way of a triangle, which will simulate the door and is a test of the level of control of the robot when handling this waste. After that, the robot will need to go through the open door without threshold. The task will be considered complete as soon as the robot crosses the line drawn on the floor behind the door.

Fifth Objective. Doors

Robots must demonstrate three different ways to open the door: opening her away, for yourself, as well as opening the door and entering with automatic closing. Three of the tasks to be performed in the order in which rules are in competition. None of the doors do not have a threshold. All parts of this job will take on a completely smooth surface.
Sixth Objective. Wall

The robots must be able to demonstrate their ability to work with damaged objects. For these purposes, the robot will need to cut 1.2-inch piece of drywall and remove it from the wall. No unnecessary obstacles on the wall behind her is not provided. The purpose of this task is to determine the possibility of the robot cut the wall only in the marked green area. Number of attempts and nadpilov that will need to perform for a triangular piece of drywall cutout – unlimited.
Seventh task. Valve


To demonstrate its agility competition participants will be tasked with controlling the valves responsible for the pressure in the pipes. The robot will need to close the three valves in any sequence. The task will be considered complete when the air stops its movement inside the tubes. Ability to cope with this task will determine the useful ability to perform such a task in the event of a catastrophic situation in which robots can do the job, but which perform the same task for a man would be dangerous to his life. DARPA, by the way, has somehow noted that robots with the ability to perform this task could be very useful in the earthquake and resulting tsunami in March 2011 in Japan. As a result, the ocean poured a huge amount of radioactive water from the Fukushima plant, came under attack.
Problem eighth. Rabotu hose

The final task for the robots will be to work with a hose. Under this test, the robot will need to step up to the hose, take it and demonstrating its agility unwind. After that, the robot will need to connect the hose to the side of the object. Thus the robot will demonstrate its ability to interact with the two objects together. At the completion of this task the robot must be attached to the connecting hose nozzle component. The number of attempts this job indefinitely, but the task will be considered complete only when the end of the hose will be connected to a separate component.

That’s all. If we consider that some of these tasks can not handle even a person, especially tipsy, then our “metal friends” would be one more “headache” when executed.
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