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UNLV can be found in 8th in national robotics competitors

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Dr. Kiwon Sohn and others take the Metal Rebel robotic through its speeds in the recently developed UNLV laboratory for its drone and robotics programs on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015|5:54 p.m.

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UNLV Robotic Laboratory with Paul Oh
UNLV professor Paul Oh stands with their Metal Rebel as they are finally opening the doors on a newly built lab for its drone and robotics programs on Thursday, April 23, 2015.Introduce slideshow “

UNLV made a strong showing at the world’s most advanced robotics competition over the weekend.

Unmanned systems teacher Paul Oh and his group of 15 UNLV engineering students secured 8th location in the DARPA Robotics Obstacle, held in Pomona, Calif.

. The competition pitted 25 teams from around the world versus each other in a “robotic Olympics” developed to see which might best total jobs like opening doors, turning valves and driving automobiles.

First place went to a group from South Korea headed by Oh’s cousin, 2nd place went to a group from Pensacola, Fla., and third went to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

DARPA, a firm of the Department of Defense entrusted with developing innovation for the military, awarded $3.5 million in prizes to the leading teams to continue their research study into robotics capable of carrying out human jobs.

While UNLV didn’t place in the leading 3, Oh stated it sends a strong message to the world that the university is a serious competitor in science and innovation research study, especially considering that this was UNLV’s very first time in the contest.

“To be in the leading 10 considered that we had less than six months to prepare, I believe is a big achievement,” he stated.

As they anticipated prior to the competition, the group’s robotic– called “Metal Rebel”– did better than any other robotic in the driving portion of the competition. The robot had the ability to complete the course in under 60 seconds, while some groups took several minutes.

“I think our technique certainly revealed it’s possible to drive as fast as humans,” Oh stated.

However when it pertained to making use of a power device to drill through a wall, the robot tripped up. Oh stated that if they had had a couple more weeks to prepare, the group could have done much better.

They scored 6 from 8 points, behind a group from the Massachusetts Institute of Innovation but ahead of groups from Houston and Tokyo.

A video collection of robotics tipping over throughout the competitors went viral a couple of days back, but don’t fret. Metal Rebel wasn’t one of them.

“We didn’t have that problem,” chuckled Oh.

DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

UNLV was among 23 of the world’s most robotics groups competing in the 2015 U.S. Defense Advanced Research study Projects Agency (DARPA) Difficulty Finals, an elite competitors of robots and their human supervisors, on June 5-6 at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.

. Launched in response to a humanitarian need that became glaringly clear throughout the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan, in 2011, the DARPA Robotics Challenge included three increasingly demanding competitions over 2 years. The objective was to speed up progress in robotics and quicken the day when robotics can go into locations too unsafe for human beings and mitigate the impacts of natural or man-made disasters.