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Gill Pratt: DARPA Adds New Finalists To Agency-Funded Portion of Robotics Challenge

DARPAThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has named three additional teams that will compete in the finals of an agency-hosted robotics contest.

DARPA expanded the list of finalists after Google-owned company SCHAFT, which earned the highest score during the robot trials in December, shifted to the competition’s self-funded segment, DARPA said March 21.

“The decision by Team SCHAFT to self-fund allows DARPA to expand the competition and further develop disaster response robots,” said Gill Pratt, a DARPA program manager.

ViGIR and THOR could receive funding of up to $500,000 each, while team KAIST will be self-funded.

The final round is scheduled to occur between December 2014 and June 2015 and DARPA will award a $2 million grand prize to the winning team.

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