We are among the nine teams competing in DARPA Subterranean Challenge (SubT). Together with the Department of Cybernetics we will try to win in the field of underground rescue missions. As part of the very first event in the SubT, the organizers have invited all the teams to Edgar Experimental Mine in Idaho Springs (Colorado, USA) for a test run called the SubT Integration Exercise (STIX). There, we have successfully demonstrated the systems to DARPA, showing that they we navigate autonomously over rough terrain, locate objects, and respond to an e-stop command if they go berserk.
Martin Saska, head of the Center for Robotics and Autonomous Systems, gave an interview in ČT24 (public TV channel) about the first results. Watch it again (at time 32:30): https://www.ceskatelevize.cz/…/10101491767…/219411058070512/
DARPA stands for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. DARPA encourages participation from multidisciplinary teams from around the world to address the autonomy, perception, networking and mobility technologies necessary to map subsurface networks in unpredictable conditions. The DARPA Subterranean or “SubT” Challenge seeks novel approaches to rapidly map, navigate, and search underground environments during time-sensitive combat operations or disaster response scenarios.
The teams will compete in three preliminary circuit events and a final integrated challenge course pursuing high-risk and high-reward approaches. The final event, planned for 2021, will put teams to the test with courses that incorporate diverse challenges from all three environments. More info at the official website.