MTRI Takes Robots Underground
A team from the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) is participating in the Subterranean Challenge (SubT) hosted by DARPA. Sporting a good Huskies name, BARCS for Bayesian Adaptable Robot Control Systems, the team is competing in the virtual track, led by MTRI research scientist Sarah Kitchen.
Last October, BARCS took second place in the virtual track while running simulations in mine tunnels. This February, they’re competing in an environment focused on subway systems, sewers and other urban infrastructure. The competition continues in August with natural caves. Then in August 2021, the competition wraps up with a trifecta environment that pulls in mines, urban underground and caves.
Integrating the information from the SubT Challenge could help with natural disaster response, battlefield preparedness and mining operations. Read more on the Unscripted research blog about the robots and simulations used by Kitchen and the BARCS team.