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Darpa's Most Challenging Robot Contest Set For June 2015

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This is CHIMP, the CMU (Carnegie Mellon University) Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform.

The Tartan Rescue team's robot, shown here carrying a fire hose to a spigot, came in third place overall in DARPA's 2013 trials in Florida. The bot's name is CHIMP, which stands for the CMU (Carnegie Mellon University) Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform.

Credit: DARPA

Will robots ever be able to save the day in the aftermath of a tsunami or nuclear meltdown? The U.S. military has been trying to find out.

Through its Robotics Challenge, the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has pushed teams of engineers to build machines that can carry out a series of tricky tasks and navigate a grueling obstacle course in a mock disaster zone.

Next year, the ongoing contest will draw to a close with a final round of competition in Southern California, DARPA officials announced June 26.

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