The Digital Wisdom Institute is crowd-sourcing an entry to the DARPA Robotics Challenge
by hosting a series of smaller, weekly cumulative challenges
to build an Internet community of developers
(particularly those who have no team of their own)


DARPA Robotics Update! - December 12th

In response to a number of questions: Yes, we have registered a team ("Wise Guys") to participate in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. We will be informed of our status before the end of the year and will be kicking off our crowd-sourcing DW Robotics Contests in January.  The delay is solely due to DARPA's unexpectedly slow roll-out of information.

In the meantime - The DARPA website for the challenge at is active and has A LOT of information you'll need to know to compete. And, if you haven't done so already, be sure to REGISTER and start preparing yourself as outlined in the Powerpoint below.


DARPA Robotics Update! - October 16th

IEEE Spectrum has posted details from the Thursday plenary lecture at IROS that was given by Dr. Gill Pratt, DARPA manager for the DARPA Robotics Challenge.  Included are the latest event sequence that robots will have to perform, the latest details and speculations about the robots (and the vehicle), and the fact that the DRC Kickoff meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 24 at 9AM US Eastern Time.

The DARPA website for the challenge will be located at

In the meantime - REGISTER and start preparing yourself as outlined in the Powerpoint below.



DARPA Robotics News Flash! - October 4th

After days of silence from DARPA instead of an expected October 1 unveiling, a hint has just been posted on the Open Source Robotics Foundation's website.  It reads as follows:

Starting work on the DARPA Robotics Challenge

On Sept. 6th, OSRF officially received a contract from DARPA for the simulation component of the Robotics Challenge, as reported here. The contract amounts to $6.44 million over the next 2.5 years, during which time we'll take a major leap forward in simulation. We are also working with two research groups led by Dr. Karen Liu from Georgia Tech and Dr. Scott Delp from Stanford. Karen and Michael will conduct long-term research and development along the lines of deformable contact modeling, object manipulation, and constraint-based contact modeling.

Our efforts are now in full swing as we approach the DRC kickoff in late October of this year. Keep a look out for new tutorials, documentation, and features. This is also a great time to get involved by experimenting with Gazebo and ROS, creating new and interesting applications, and getting your voice heard through our mailing list.

Even more tantalizing is the following image found at the bottom of the article:


although the phrase "DRC kickoff in late October" in the article seems to indicate that the October 10th date has already slipped as well.

In the meantime - REGISTER and start preparing yourself as outlined in the Powerpoint below.


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