Penn Takes Second Place at MAGIC 2010

November 18th, 2010

The University of Pennsylvania finished in second place at the worldwide Multi Autonomous Ground-Robotic International Challenge (MAGIC) 2010 competition, earning the Penn team a research award of $250,000. To compete, the team traveled to Australia, where the event was held in conjunction with the Australian Land Warfare Conference.

The Penn team, consisting of General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory members Jon Butzke, Alex Kushleyev, Cody Phillips, and Mike Phillips spent the past few weeks constructing, programming, shipping, and reassembling a team of heterogeneous robots to map, navigate, search, and neutralize objects of interests in a large area using minimal human supervision.  The team is led by Daniel Lee, Term Associate Professor Evan C. Thompson,  and Faculty Fellow Raymon S. Markowitz in the department of Electrical and Systems Engineering.

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