Doug Bowman Co-Leads DARPA Robotics Challenge team

Publish Date: 08/16/2013

Doug Bowman, professor of computer science and director of the Center for Human-Computer Interactions, is co-leading a team that has advanced to the second phase of the futuristic Robotics Challenge sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Defense dedicated to high-tech research. Team ViGIR (Virginia-Germany Interdisciplinary Robotics) is a collaboration between students and faculty in CS@VT, local company TORC Robotics, and Technische Universität (Darmstadt, Germany). "The goal is to design tools, algorithms, and processes that could be used to allow a humanoid robot and human operators to work together to respond to a real-world disaster...quickly and effectively, without requiring the robot to be fully autonomous. A carefully designed user interface for the human operator is critical to achieving that goal," said Bowman. To read more about DARPA Robotics Challenge, please see the College of Engineering article.