MIT DRC Team photo

Team Lead: Russ Tedrake

Sub Leads: Maurice Fallon (perception), Scott Kuindersma (planning and control), Pat Marion (interface)

DRC Finals Team Members: Matt Antone (perception), Andrés Valenzuela (planning & control), Bryt Bradley (procurement & logistics), Claudia Perez D’Arpino (planning), Gregory Izatt (manipulation), Hongkai Dai (planning & control), John Carter (software), Lucas Manuelli (planning), Peter (Kuan-Ting) Yu (perception), Robin Deits (interface, planning), Steve Proulx (safety, test infrastructure), Toby Schneider (networking), Twan Koolen (planning & control)

Previous Phases: Cecilia Cantu, Chris Dolan, Isaac Evans, Jaguar Kristeller, Mark Pearrow, Michael Fleder, Michael Posa, Paul Ilardi, Sisir Karumanchi, Steven Jens Jorgensen, Dehann Fourie, Matt DiCicco, Alice Zielinski, Andy Barry, Anirudha Majumdar, Frank Permenter, Gui Cavalcante, Joe Moore, Jon Brookshire, Matthew R. Walter, Michael Kaess, Riad I. Hammoud, Sachi Hemachandra, Sudeep Pillai, Thomas Howard, Julie Shah, Karl Iagnemma


Professor Seth Teller

Seth initiated our entry into the competition and led our team through the first two phases of the competition. He passed away on July 1st 2014. MIT News has written a nice appreciation of Seth’s life and work that you can read here. A memorial fund for research, education, and other innovations that advance and improve assistive technology for people with a range of disabilities has been set up in his name.

Our Sponsors and Supporters

  • DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and ONR (Office of Naval Research)
  • MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) including TiG (The Infrastructure Group)
  • MIT School of Engineering incl the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Mechanical Engineering, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and the Center for Ocean Engineering
  • MIT Department of Facilities, including Maintenance and Custodial Services, MIT Police, MIT IS&T (Information Services and Technology), SUTD-MIT International Design Center, MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation
  • Open Source Robotics Foundation, Boston Dynamics, Carnegie Robotics, iRobot Corporation, Sandia National Laboratories, Robotiq
  • Battelle (Columbus OH), The Hertz Foundation, BAE Systems, Gurobi Optimization
  • Amazon
  • Safway Scaffolding; Metropolitan Pipe and Supply; Metro Storage; O.B. Hill Trucking and Rigging
  • Individuals: Abby Abazorius; Adam Conner-Simons; Derek Aylward; Henrik Schmidt; Jason Dorfman; John Leonard; Keith Winstein; Tom Buehler

Virtual Robotics Challenge, June 2013 and Team Shots

DRC Trials in Homestead Fl, 20-21 December 2013

DRC Finals in Pomona Ca, June 2015, 5-6 June 2013