DARPA’s Robotics Challenge gets tougher, richer

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has upped the ante—in more ways than one—in its Robotics Challenge, a multiyear competition to develop robots that can operate in dangerous environments while responding to manmade or natural disasters.

The finals of the challenge, set for June 5-6 at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., will feature an expanded field of at least 20 teams, more challenging criteria than in previous events and a bigger pool of prize money. In addition to the $2 million grand prize already announced, DARPA has added a $1 million second-place prize and $500,000 for third.

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