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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New US Defense Robots Program

Credit: DARPA
US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA has launched a new robotics program aimed at creating machines to bolster military and defense activities and help human U.S. military personnel work more effectively. 
The new Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program seeks to create and demonstrate significant scientific and engineering advances in robot mobility and manipulation capability.  If successful, M3 will significantly improve robot capabilities through new approaches to engineering  better design tools, fabrication methods and control algorithms. 
M3 research partners include Carnegie Mellon University, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, University of California Santa Cruz, Cornell, Harvard, Tufts, and University of California, Berkeley, Case Western Reserve, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Tekrona, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Florida's Institute of Human and Machine Cognition, Raytheon, Vecna Technologies and Boston Dynamics. 

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