DARPA Grand Challenge
This Web site from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) features information about the 2005 Grand Challenge. Find competition rules, inspection checklists, race site specifics, and photo galleries of related events.
The Robotics Institute
The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University was established in 1979 to conduct basic and applied research in robotics. On its Web site, learn about current projects involving autonomous helicopters, cameras, mining and agricultural machines, and more.
This Web site from the American Association for Artificial Intelligence provides information on autonomous vehicles designed for land, sea, and air. Find links to new research, videos, competitions, and examples of working vehicles.
Robotics: Sensing, Thinking, Acting
The Tech Museum of Innovation Web site offers photos, videos, and interactive activities on the world of robotics. Learn about the history of the field and investigate the future of robotics and ethics in the 21st century.
Through its "Centennial Challenges" program, NASA hosts contests to stimulate innovation in solar system exploration. Features include information on challenges in the areas of Telerobotics, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and more. Also included are links to upcoming Centennial Challenge events, Webcasts of past events, and a forum innovators can use to submit ideas for future competitions.
The German Armed Forces will host the first-ever European Land-Robot Trial (ELROB) in May 2006. On the ELROB Web site, find information on trial sites, event organizers, judges, and participants.
Robot Race Backgrounder
Find background information and photographs of the DARPA Grand Challenge on this Scientific American Web page.
Designing Autonomous Mobile Robots: Inside the Mind of an Intelligent Machine
by John M. Holland. Newnes Press, 2003.
Autonomous Robots: From Biological Inspiration to Implementation and Control
by George A. Bekey. MIT Press, 2005.
Robot Vision: Video-based Indoor Exploration with Autonomous and Mobile Robots
by Stefan Florczyk. John Wiley & Sons, 2005.
Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots
by Roland Siegwart and Illah R. Nourbakhsh. MIT Press, 2004.
Profile: James McLurkin
James McLurkin of MIT is one of the world's leading designers of robot "swarms"—groups of robots that work together for a greater purpose.
Spies That Fly
A new generation of pilotless planes fly, spy, and bomb in places too risky for human pilots.