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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Finalist in the MAGIC UGV Battle Challenge

Six high-tech teams from the U.S., Turkey, Japan and Australia have made it to the finals of the International Multi-Autonomous Ground-robotics International Challenge MAGIC 2010. The aim is to develop the next generation of fully autonomous robots that could undertake dangerous missions on the future battlefield.
The six finalists will compete at the Royal Showground in Adelaide, South Australia in November.

The six teams are: Cappadocia (Turkey), Chiba (Japan), Magician (Australia), RASR (USA), Team Michigan (USA), and University of Pennsylvania (USA).

All teams are at the forefront of robotics technology and have survived a rigorous assessment and elimination process against six other semi-finalist teams. The teams performed a range of activities to demonstrate certain capabilities including the ability to operate autonomously and to map their surroundings digitally.

They have now a few weeks to fine-tune their concepts for the grand final challenge when they will be required to field at least three robots and accomplish a complex task involving mapping and identification of threats while demonstrating a high level of autonomy between the robots.  

MAGIC is a joint initiative of Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation and the U.S. Department of Defense. The aim is to develop teams of robots which can operate autonomously on the battlefield in dangerous situations, keeping soldiers out of harm’s way.

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