DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Using Human-Machine Teamwork to Perform Disaster Response with a Humanoid Robot
Technical Report,01 Sep 2012,01 Aug 2016
Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition Inc. Pensacola United States
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This report presents an overview of the work done by Team Institute for Human and Machine Cognition IHMC from 2012-2016 through three phases of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA Robotics Challenge Virtual Robotics Challenge VRC, Trials, and Finals, as well as an extended research phase. It gives an overview of their general workflow for producing state-of-the-art robotics software, as well as focusing on the challenges and techniques used to move beyond the environments and tasks encountered in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Namely, increasing walking robustness and task autonomy in the Atlas robot. This report is broken down into the four phases of IHMCs participation in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Phase 1, Virtual Robotics Challenge Phase 2, Trials Phase 3, Finals and Phase 4, Extended Research. As competitor in the DARPA Robotics Challenge DRC the IHMC team was able to achieve second place in the final stage of the competition held in the summer of 2015. Previous to that the team was awarded first and second place in the two earlier stages of the competition the VRC, and the DRC Trials.