Robotics Cluster meeting hosted by WPI

Our June 2015 Robotics
Cluster meeting was attended by 35+ MTLC members at the oldest building in the
United States still used for engineering education, Washburn Shops and Stoddard
Laboratories at WPI in Worcester.  We
learned all about the history and objectives of the DARPA Robotics Challenge.  Mike Gennert and Taşkin Padir discussed their
system architecture and Team WPI-CMU’s progression through the various phases
of the challenge to the most recent competition. They described working on –
and with! – WARNER (their Boston Dynamics Atlas robot) to perform the
competition’s tasks. Holly Yanco spoke about initial impressions of the
human-robot interaction, giving a control room perspective of the
competition.  Congratulations to Team WPI-CMU
for their impressive achievement!

Enjoy this fun
YouTube video of “falls” during the DARPA Grand Challenge (note WARNER is not
part of this video):


Velin Dimitrov, a
PhD Candidate at WPI, presented two WPI projects:  WALRUS, a Water And Land Remote Unmanned
Search Rover, and CARE, Cyber-Physical Systems for Advanced Response to

We were then treated
to a tour of some of the robotics labs on campus.


Warner – JUST returned from Pomona, CA after
the DARPA Robotics Challenge – still in his crate!

Tye Brady holds Warner’s hand – with Mike
Robotics Cluster Women: Lenore Rasmussen, Founder of Ras Labs, Jill
Wittels, CEO of Sostenuto Strategic Advisors, Kathleen Hagan, President of
Hagan & Company

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