Advancing Robotics Research in Order to Shape the Future of Disaster Response.

Team ViGIR (Virginia-Germany Interdisciplinary Robotics), comprising researchers from TORC Robotics, Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt, Virginia Tech, Oregon State University, Cornell University, and the Leibniz University Hanover was a collaborative research and development effort aimed at advancing the state-of-the-art in humanoid robot control in order to allow for effective human-robot teams. Our goal was to enable robots to more effectively respond to humanitarian disasters, thereby reducing the risk to humans.

No stranger to competitive robotics, Team ViGIR participated in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. The program kicked off in October 2012, and was concluded at the DRC Finals in 2015.  The DARPA Robotics Challenge focused on developing a robot capable of executing complex tasks in order to extend aid to victims of natural or man-made disasters and conduct evacuation operations.Learn More About the DARPA Robotics Challenge

Team ViGIR’s Core Values

  • Focus on open, collaborative research across a multi-disciplinary team around the globe.
  • Contribute to the world-wide open source robotics effort that facilitates technology for humanitarian efforts.
  • Leverage prior competition experience to succeed and overcome a ground-breaking problem and a challenging schedule.

"This was an exciting challenge, not only for the fundamental research questions that must be addressed, but also for the potential humanitarian benefits of this research.  I believe that with our combined experience in competitive robotics, as well as our scientific expertise in our respective areas, we had the team for the job. These DARPA challenges have really shaped the field of robotics in the last decade, and we really enjoyed competing."

Michael Fleming, CEO at TORC Robotics.

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