Michigan robotics team honored at international competition
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan’s “Team Michigan” – winners of an inaugural worldwide robotics competition in Australia – received its first-place check of $750,000 during the men’s basketball game Jan. 30.
Team Michigan – which deployed 14 robots controlled by only two operators – bested teams from around the world in a complicated mapping exercise during the Multi Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge (MAGIC 2010).
A joint initiative of Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, MAGIC 2010 spanned more than two years with a stated goal of furthering the development of robotic teams that could operate autonomously in dangerous situations, keeping Soldiers out of harm’s way.
TARDEC’s Jim Overholt, Army Senior Research Scientist – Robotics, presented the ceremonial, five-foot check to Team Michigan on behalf of both countries during a stoppage in play. Team Michigan robots took part in the presentation and roamed the court.