CMU makes second round of national competition to build robot to aid in disaster zones

CHIMP, with its vague resemblance to its simian namesake, is designed to imitate humans at disaster sites that are too dangerous for them.
And with a tight deadline to prepare CHIMP for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge in December, Carnegie Mellon University roboticists have no time to monkey around.
CHIMP, created by CMU’s Tartan Rescue Team at the National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville, has advanced in the U.S. Department of Defense’s robotics challenge to develop a mobile robot able to help mitigate conditions where heat, fumes, radiation and other hazards are obstacles.