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News and Events

January 7, 2014
TRACLabs places 6th in the DARPA Robotics Challenge 2013 Trials

In December 2013, TRACLabs competed against 16 other teams from around the world in a DARPA sponsored event that focused on controlling a remote robot in disaster response scenarios. In that event, TRACLabs placed 6th, and as a result is one of 8 top teams to receive further funding towards the 2014 Final competition. For […]


July 3, 2013
TRACLabs places 4th in the DARPA Robotics Challenge virtual competition

In June 2013, TRACLabs competed against 26 other teams from around the world in a DARPA sponsored event that focused on controlling a remote, simulated humanoid robot in disaster response scenarios. See ‘TRACLabs participates in DARPA Virtual Robot Challenge’.  On June 27, DARPA announced the results of that competition, and the TRACLabs team placed 4th.  […]


May 21, 2013
TRACLabs wins Navy contract

TRACLabs has just started work on a new Navy contract focused on developing autonomy software for controlling multiple unmanned vehicles. This work will leverage our existing NASA research on planning, scheduling, and execution. TRACLabs personnel will be attending the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Command Decision Making and Hybrid Human Computer Systems Program Review in […]


September 27, 2012
DARPA Robot Challenge

TRACLabs has just signed a two-year, $2 million dollar contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design software for a disaster response robot. The software will be used for tasks such as driving vehicles, climbing ladders, using tools, opening doors, manipulating equipment, and clearing rubble. While mostly autonomous, the robot will have […]


September 27, 2012
New Army contract

The US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) recently announced that it was awarding TRACLabs a $730,000, two-year contract entitled “PROWL: Perception for Robotic Operation over Widespread Lighting.” The goal is to develop a thermal imaging stereo system that can provide robot navigation information even in the dark. TRACLabs is teamed with […]


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Technical Blogs

December 7, 2013
TRACLabs scientists prepare for DARPA Robot Challenge

TRACLabs scientists are programming our Hercules robot to perform seven of the DARPA Robot Challenge (DRC) competition tasks, which are focused on disaster relief activities. The tasks are:   Walk across a debris field Open a series of doors and walk through them Close a series of valves Attach a hose to a spigot Cut […]


September 20, 2013
TRACLabs electronic procedure software used during NASA spacewalk

TRACLabs scientists worked with NASA mission controllers to use our PRIDE electronic procedure software during the last two International Space Station (ISS) Extravehicular Activities (EVA), also called spacewalks. The detailed procedure for each spacewalk was authored in our electronic format and mission controllers checked off the activities as the occurred. TRACLabs was present in NASA […]


June 21, 2013
TRACLabs participates in DARPA Virtual Robot Challenge

DARPA sponsored a Virtual Robot Challenge held June 18-20. Over 20 teams competed to complete three tasks: 1) maneuver a robot through a course with mud, hills, and obstacles; 2) enter a vehicle and drive it; and 3) pick up a hose and mate it to a connector. Each team performed each task five times […]


June 18, 2013
TRACLabs supports International Space Station robotics experiment

TRACLabs developed critical software that supported the “Surface Telerobotics” experiment on-board the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday June 17, 2013. Surface Telerobotics demonstrates a future exploration “concept of operations” in which an astronaut in an orbiting spacecraft remotely operates a robot on a planetary surface. The primary objective of Surface Telerobotics is to collect […]


May 30, 2013
Exoskeleton for rehabilitation

TRACLabs is collaborating with researchers at Rice University’s Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces (MAHI) Laboratory headed by Professor Marcia O’Malley and with researchers at TIRR foundation to build a robotic upper-limb exoskeleton that can assist in physical therapy. Rice researchers recently visited TRACLabs to inspect a preliminary version of the exoskeleton. In the picture below, the […]


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