Team ViGIR

Team ViGIR (Virginia-Germany Interdisciplinary Robotics) was made up of researchers from Torc Robotics, Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt, Virginia Tech, Oregon State University, Cornell University, and the Leibniz University Hanover.

Torc Robotics

Torc engineers have been part of many DARPA challenges, including the DARPA Grand Challenge and the Urban Challenge, where Torc led the software development of VictorTango’s 3rd place finish. On a daily basis, Torc engineers are pushing the envelope of autonomous vehicle capabilities, developing solutions for a range of industries, including consumer automotive, agricultural, mining, and more.

TU Darmstadt

One of the leading public engineering research universities in Germany, TU Darmstadt brought significant experience in humanoid and rescue robotics to Team ViGIR. The university’s Simulation, Systems Optimization and Robotics Group conducts research in autonomous robot teams, bio-inspired robots and dynamic modeling and optimization methods. Awards include 1st prize of the EURON/EUROP European Robotics Technology Transfer Award, the Louis Vuitton Best Humanoid Award, World Championships in RoboCup competitions, and twice winning the Best Autonomous Rescue Robot Award.

Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech

The CHCI at Virginia Tech is a world leader in the design and research of novel HCI concepts, and the winner of three consecutive 3D User Interface IEEE competitions. This world-class interdisciplinary research center explores the design of technological artifacts to support human activity and the impact of interactive technologies on the user experience. Faculty affiliates include world-leaders in virtual and augmented reality, information visualization, gestural interaction, and more.

Robotics and Human Control Systems Lab at Oregon State University

The RHCSL brought deep expertise in human-inspired robotic grasping and manipulation to Team ViGIR. The Lab’s primary goals include understanding the neural control and biomechanics of the human body via robotics techniques, and the development of design and control concepts (including human-inspired) that enable robots to operate effectively in unstructured environments.

Verifiable Robotics Research Group at Cornell University

The VRRG conducts a range of high-level robotics research primarily focused on theories, algorithms, and tools that allow people to interact with robots at a high level using language that results in repeatable, virtually guaranteed robot behavior.

Institute for Automatic Control at Leibniz University Hanover

One of the largest technical universities in Germany, Leibniz University’s IAC aims to advance the scientific foundations for intelligent, autonomous robots capable of interaction within their environment. Having developed the first German dynamic walking bipedal robot, the group now focuses on soft-robotics mechatronics and control, physical human-robot interaction, machine learning and control, and human motor control.

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