The Trials will be webcast. MIT will field its robot on Friday at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.; on Saturday at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 1:45 p.m., and if necessary during make-up slots late in the afternoon on each day.
The MIT team draws members from many parts of MIT, including the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Center for Ocean Engineering.
The DARPA Robotics Challenge is motivated by disasters such as the Fukushima Daiichi hydrogen explosion and the Deepwater Horizon underwater oil spill. The key goal is to develop a dexterous mobile robot that can move through and within disaster zones and perform useful tasks, with minimal guidance from remote human operators.