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The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals: Humanoid Robots To The Rescue

  • Matthew Spenko
  • Stephen Buerger
  • Karl Iagnemma

Part of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics book series (STAR, volume 121)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Eric Krotkov, Douglas Hackett, Larry Jackel, Michael Perschbacher, James Pippine, Jesse Strauss et al.
    Pages 1-26
  3. Jeongsoo Lim, Hyoin Bae, Jaesung Oh, Inho Lee, Inwook Shim, Hyobin Jung et al.
    Pages 27-69
  4. Matthew Johnson, Brandon Shrewsbury, Sylvain Bertrand, Duncan Calvert, Tingfan Wu, Daniel Duran et al.
    Pages 71-102
  5. G. Clark Haynes, David Stager, Anthony Stentz, J Michael Vande Weghe, Brian Zajac, Herman Herman et al.
    Pages 103-144
  6. Max Schwarz, Marius Beul, David Droeschel, Tobias Klamt, Christian Lenz, Dmytro Pavlichenko et al.
    Pages 145-190
  7. Sisir Karumanchi, Kyle Edelberg, Ian Baldwin, Jeremy Nash, Brian Satzinger, Jason Reid et al.
    Pages 191-235
  8. Pat Marion, Maurice Fallon, Robin Deits, Andrés Valenzuela, Claudia Pérez D’Arpino, Greg Izatt et al.
    Pages 237-270
  9. Christopher G. Atkeson, P. W. Babu Benzun, Nandan Banerjee, Dmitry Berenson, Christoper P. Bove, Xiongyi Cui et al.
    Pages 271-307
  10. Paul Oh, Kiwon Sohn, Giho Jang, Youngbum Jun, Donghyun Ahn, Juseong Shin et al.
    Pages 309-346
  11. Sanghyun Kim, Mingon Kim, Jimin Lee, Soonwook Hwang, Joonbo Chae, Beomyeong Park et al.
    Pages 347-379
  12. Stephen G. McGill, Seung-Joon Yi, Hak Yi, Min Sung Ahn, Sanghyun Cho, Kevin Liu et al.
    Pages 381-427
  13. David C. Conner, Stefan Kohlbrecher, Philipp Schillinger, Alberto Romay, Alexander Stumpf, Spyros Maniatopoulos et al.
    Pages 429-494
  14. N. G. Tsagarakis, F. Negrello, M. Garabini, W. Choi, L. Baccelliere, V. G. Loc et al.
    Pages 495-548
  15. Steven Gray, Robert Chevalier, David Kotfis, Benjamin Caimano, Kenneth Chaney, Aron Rubin et al.
    Pages 549-582
  16. Coleman Knabe, Robert Griffin, James Burton, Graham Cantor-Cooke, Lakshitha Dantanarayana, Graham Day et al.
    Pages 583-629
  17. Adam Norton, Willard Ober, Lisa Baraniecki, David Shane, Anna Skinner, Holly Yanco
    Pages 631-666
  18. Christopher G. Atkeson, P. W. Babu Benzun, Nandan Banerjee, Dmitry Berenson, Christoper P. Bove, Xiongyi Cui et al.
    Pages 667-684

About this book


The DARPA Robotics Challenge was a robotics competition that took place in Pomona, California USA in June 2015. The competition was the culmination of 33 months of demanding work by 23 teams and required humanoid robots to perform challenging locomotion and manipulation tasks in a mock disaster site. The challenge was conceived as a response to the Japanese Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 2011. The Fukushima disaster was seen as an ideal candidate for robotic intervention since the risk of exposure to radiation prevented human responders from accessing the site. 

This volume, edited by Matthew Spenko, Stephen Buerger, and Karl Iagnemma, includes commentary by the organizers, overall analysis of the results, and documentation of the technical efforts of 15 competing teams. The book provides an important record of the successes and failures involved in the DARPA Robotics Challenge and provides guidance for future needs to be addressed by policy makers, funding agencies, and the robotics research community.   

Many of the papers in this volume were initially published in a series of special issues of the Journal of Field Robotics. We have proudly collected versions of those papers in this STAR volume. 


DARPA Robotics Challenge DRC Rescue Robots Humanoid Robotics Robotic Perception Robotic Manipulation Robotic Locomotion

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthew Spenko
    • 1
  • Stephen Buerger
    • 2
  • Karl Iagnemma
    • 3
  1. 1.The Robotics LabIllinois Institute of Technology (IIT)ChicagoUSA
  2. 2.High Consequence Automation and RoboticsSandia National LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA
  3. 3.Robotic Mobility GroupMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals: Humanoid Robots To The Rescue
  • Editors Matthew Spenko
    Stephen Buerger
    Karl Iagnemma
  • Series Title Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Spr.Tracts in Adv.Robotics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-74665-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09049-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-74666-1
  • Series ISSN 1610-7438
  • Series E-ISSN 1610-742X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 684
  • Number of Illustrations 17 b/w illustrations, 377 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Robotics and Automation
    Artificial Intelligence
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