Robots with names like Eyeball, Dragon Runner, ToughBot, Marv, Matilda and Talon fearlessly rolled and hovered over wreckage and rubble last week in Disaster City, a 52-acre training center affiliated with Texas A&M University.
The center, operated by the university's , opened in 1997 to train the state's emergency response forces and firefighters and rescue workers from all over the world.
Last week's robotics exercise, the fourth in two years sponsored by the and the at the Commerce Department, has a complex task: finding ways of evaluating performance of robots so that they can be fairly compared, according to The New York Times.
Here, Matilda, built by
June 25, 2007 5:21 PM PDT
Photo by: Martial Voitier, TEEX Communications
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