The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals: Results and Perspectives
The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) program conducted a series of prize-based competition events to develop and demonstrate technology for disaster response. This chapter provides the official and definitive account of DRC Finals as the culmination of the DRC program. The chapter details the eight tasks (Drive, Egress, Door, Valve, Wall, Surprise (Plug and Switch), Rubble (Obstacle or Debris), and Stairs) constituting the Challenge, and describes how the competition encouraged supervised autonomous operation by intentionally degrading the communications channel between the remote human operators. The chapter presents the results of the DRC Finals, and places those results in perspective by identifying both strengths and weaknesses of robot performance exhibited at the competition.
The authors gratefully acknowledge the significant contributions by Bob Allen, Josh Carter, Steve Cohen, Regina Courtney, Tim Kilbride, Brad Knaus, Tim Krout, Jason Livingston, Johanna Spangenberg Jones, Brant Revill, Chad Sullivan, DJ Tyree, Adam Watson, and the over three hundred DRC Trials and Finals staff.
- DRC Finals Rules Book. Retrieved August 20, 2017, from http://archive.darpa.mil/roboticschallenge/sites/default/files/docs/2015_04_09_DRC_Finals_Rule_Book_DISTAR_24388.pdf.
- DRC Finals Website. Retrieved August 20, 2017, from http://archive.darpa.mil/roboticschallenge/teams.html.