DARPA challenge announces finalists

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) chose 11 teams from around the world to compete in the first scored event of the Subterranean Challenge, and Carnegie Mellon University’s team made the list, according to a news release.

Explorer, which includes team members from CMU and Oregon State University, will participate in the first tunnel circuit, which requires teams to remotely map, identify and report artifacts along underground passages, according to the release.

The CMU team won’t have to travel far, because this year’s competition will be hosted in a research mine in Pittsburgh, managed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Mining Program. The event runs from August 15 to 22.