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DARPA Robotics Challenge


Lockheed Martin is a competitor in the DARPA Robotics Challenge, which seeks to develop and research robotic technology that will enable the robots of the future to aid in disaster response operations – particularly when activities are hazardous for human workers.

For the challenge, ATL engineers are developing a solution that controls a humanoid robot in a state of supervised autonomy. The robot will be capable of completing a series of simple tasks independent of the operator. When the robot encounters tasks requiring a higher skill level, a remote, and largely untrained, operator could step in to assist using an intuitive form of interaction.

The software allows the operator to intervene from high-level planning to control the position of any single joint. Our system-based approach is applicable to a multitude of robotic platforms, increasing the capability of conventional platforms in addition to humanoids.