Carnegie Mellon robot places 3rd in national Defense Department tests, Japanese team 1st

A Carnegie Mellon University robot has placed third in a national competition sponsored by the Defense Department.
Seventeen humanoid robots competed Friday and Saturday at Homestead Miami Speedway in Miami for how well they can complete tasks such as driving an all-terrain vehicle and opening doors. The goal is to make robots that could function in disaster zones that are dangerous to humans, such as nuclear accidents.
The CMU robot called CHIMP — for CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform — had a score of 18 out of 32, just behind IHMC from Pensacola, Florida at 20. Schaft, Inc., a Japanese company that was recently bought by Google, was the leader with 27 points. A team from MIT was fourth with 16 points.