REVOLUTIONIZE HOW WE OPERATE IN THE UNDERGROUND DOMAIN
Complex underground settings present significant challenges for military and civilian first responders.
The hazards vary drastically across domains that can degrade or change over time and are often too high-risk for personnel to enter.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (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 DARPA Subterranean Challenge seeks multidisciplinary teams from around the world to compete in the development of the autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility technologies necessary to map explore and search underground networks in unpredictable conditions. Courtesy of DARPAtv and YouTube. Posted on May 24, 2019)
Eleven Systems teams and five Virtual teams from around the globe have qualified to compete in the Subterranean Challenge Tunnel Circuit; additional teams may qualify for Virtual competition through June 10
Each will attempt to remotely map, identify, and report the greatest number of artifacts along the passages of a Pittsburgh research mine in the Subterranean Challenge Tunnel Circuit.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Mining Program manages the formerly operational mine, which will serve as the arena for the Systems event August 15-22, 2019.
The Tunnel Circuit is the first of three circuits in which teams will test their systems and sensors in physical, representative subterranean courses.
(The DARPA Subterranean Challenge is headed to Pittsburgh for the Tunnel Circuit, the first scored challenge event, August 15-22, 2019! Qualified teams will attempt to navigate a former operational mine. Courtesy of DARPAtv and YouTube. Posted on May 3, 2019.)
The Urban Circuit will take place in February 2020, followed by the Cave Circuit in August 2020, and the Final Event incorporating all three subdomains will be in August 2021.
Virtual competitions will take place concurrently with each of the physical competitions.
In the virtual events, teams will develop software and algorithms using virtual models of systems, environments, and terrain to compete in simulation-based events.
(Follow along the twists and turns in a walking tour of the Edgar Experimental Mine with Dr. Timothy Chung, program manager for the DARPA Subterranean Challenge. The SubT Integration Exercise, known as STIX, took place at the Colorado School of Mines’ Edgar Experimental Mine. Nine teams hailing from four continents gathered in Idaho Springs, Colorado, the week of April 5-11, 2019, to test autonomous air and ground systems for navigating the dark, dangerous, dirty, and unpredictable underground domain. Courtesy of DARPAtv and YouTube. Posted on May 31, 2019.)
The following teams have qualified to participate in the Tunnel Circuit:
BARCS: Bayesian Adaptive Robot Control System (Virtual)
CERBERUS: CollaborativE walking & flying RoBots for autonomous ExploRation in Underground Settings (Systems)
- University of Nevada, Reno
- ETH Zurich, Switzerland
- Sierra Nevada Corporation
- University of California, Berkeley
- Flyability, Switzerland
COLLEMBOLLA: Communication Optimized, Low Latency Exploration, Map-Building and Object Localization Autonomy (Virtual)
Coordinated Robotics (Systems and Virtual)
CoStar: Collaborative SubTerranean Autonomous Resilient Robots (Systems)
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- California Institute of Technology
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- KAIST, South Korea
CRETISE: Collaborative Robot Exploration and Teaming In Subterranean Environments (Systems)
CSIRO Data 61 (Systems)
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia
- Emesent, Australia
- Georgia Institute of Technology
MARBLE: Multi-agent Autonomy with Radar-Based Localization for Exploration (Systems)
PLUTO: Pennsylvania Laboratory for Underground Tunnel Operations (Systems)
Robotika (Systems and Virtual)
- Robotika International, Czech Republic and United States
- Robotika.cz, Czech Republic
- Czech University of Life Science, Czech Republic
- Centre for Field Robotics, Czech Republic
- Cogito Team, Switzerland
DARPA will announce additional qualified teams for the Virtual competition of the Tunnel Circuit following the June 10 deadline.
A new qualification scenario was made available in advance of a Subterranean Autonomy tutorial held on May 24, 2019, at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Montreal.
Teams that have previously submitted to the Virtual competition also are invited to refine or send new submissions. Teams may qualify using either the original qualification scenario or the new scenario, and attendance at the ICRA workshop is not required.
Teams interested in qualifying in the Virtual competition for the Tunnel Circuit must submit a team registration and create an account for the SubT Challenge Virtual Portal.
To qualify for future events for either the Systems or Virtual competitions in the SubT Challenge, teams may submit their qualification materials on a rolling basis.
Requirements can be found in the SubT Challenge Qualification Guide, which is available on SubT Challenge Resources Page.
Interested teams also are encouraged to join the SubT Community Forum, where they can engage with other participants and ask questions.
Teams in the Systems competition will compete for up to $2 million in the Systems Final event, with up to $200,000 in additional prizes available for self-funded teams in each of the Systems Circuit events.
Teams in the Virtual competition will compete for up to $1.5 million in the Virtual Final event, with additional prizes of up to $500,000 for self-funded teams in each of the Virtual Circuit events.
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