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    As a computer science grad, this news is very good. Those guys work extremely hard and produce great results. It's also alot of good publicity for the department.

    GREAT JOB!


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    Can they make me a bot that fetches me a beer when I don't feel like getting up? What kind of bot would you make?


  3. This is a GREAT IDEA Team CajunBot gets position in next leg of Urban Challenge


      LOUISIANA — Team CajunBot got the word Thursday it will be headed to California in October for the next leg of the Urban Challenge competition.

    The competition is held by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as a way to spur development of autonomous vehicles for military use.

    Team CajunBot consists mostly of University of Louisiana ... at Lafayette students.

    The previous two challenges — in which Team CajunBot has also competed — were held in the desert.

    This year, the challenge will be held in an urban environment in order to simulate the type of terrain American forces will encounter overseas.

    Team CajunBot is one of only 36 teams — out of an original 89 — that have made the cut. DARPA officials have watched each team put its vehicle through tests in order to make cuts.

    Other teams are a mix of universities, private companies or public-private teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corndog308 View Post
    What kind of bot would you make? _
    I might be temped to relive my youth and get another paper route.

    All I would need to make it a go is an an auto paper folder, bagger and thrower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbine View Post
    I might be temped to relive my youth and get another paper route.

    All I would need to make it a go is an an auto paper folder, bagger and thrower.
    Need someone to drive you around, junior? I hear Zeebart has some spare time on his hands (temporarily).


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    Quote Originally Posted by RaginFan2 View Post
    Need someone to drive you around, junior? I hear Zeebart has some spare time on his hands (temporarily).

    RFII, whats up!!!? Look forward to you making your obligatory trek to the Eaque on 09-08-07. I might have a chilled bottle of Jaeger ready to crack in your honor!

    Z.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeebart21 View Post
    RFII, whats up!!!? Look forward to you making your obligatory trek to the Eaque on 09-08-07. I might have a chilled bottle of Jaeger ready to crack in your honor!

    Z.
    Ready, willing and able! But what's happening on the 8th? Do we have a football game or something then? Maybe it's a soccer game. I thought the season didn't start until the 15th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaginFan2 View Post
    Ready, willing and able! But what's happening on the 8th? Do we have a football game or something then? Maybe it's a soccer game. I thought the season didn't start until the 15th.
    Oh, snap!!!

    LOL

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  9. This is a GREAT IDEA Rolling Robots Rev Up for Darpa's Urban Challenge


      The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has winnowed down the list of competitors in its upcoming Urban Challenge to 36 teams. And it's no surprise that many of those squads hail from universities that performed well in 2005's Grand Challenge, Darpa's pioneering robot race.

    Stanford University took top honors in the 2005 competition, edging out two self-driving vehicles from Carnegie Mellon University in a tense trek through the Mojave Desert. Those two institutions could be on track to square off again: Both have had vehicles selected as semifinalists in this year's race, which will take place in November on a decommissioned Air Force base in California.

    Darpa officials chose the semifinalists after visiting more than 50 teams from across the country. The squads that made the cut — which also include robotics groups from Cornell University, the University of Louisiana ... at Lafayette, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others — will compete in time trials just a week before the main event. The quickest 20 robots will then get a chance to compete for a prize pool worth $3.5-million. —Brock Read

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  10. This is a GREAT IDEA Universities Pack List of DARA Robot Race Semifinalists


      The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency named 36 semi-finalists in its renowned robot race, the DARPA Urban Challenge. The race pits self-driving vehicles designed by some of the country's top computer science students against each other along a grueling physical course.

    DARPA officials chose semifinalists from a list of 50 teams from across the country. University teams that made the cut included Stanford and Carnegie Mellon--2005's first and second finishers respectively--as well as Cornell University, the University of Louisiana and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaginFan2 View Post
    _ Ready, willing and able! But what's happening on the 8th? Do we have a football game or something then? Maybe it's a soccer game. I thought the season didn't start until the 15th. _

    No, no that is not the start of the season, that is the start of defending the tailgating zones, as we will be overwhelmed by the broke (back) nation.

  12. This is a GREAT IDEA CajunBot prepares for challenge


      Qualifying for the Department of Defense's race of unmanned vehicles began Friday with UL's CajunBot team among the 35 contenders.

    Qualifying continues through Halloween Day. Teams that move through the qualifying round will be eligible to particpate in the $2 million Urban Challenge on Nov. 3 at a military training base in Victorville, Calif.

    The qualifying event officially kicked off Friday at the Southern California Logistics Airport. The race is sponsored by the DoD's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA.

    "This is all about saving lives," Dr. Tony Tether, DARPA director. "And even if you don't get the trophy, you are all still winners for having been here in the first place."

    UL's team were finalist for the challenge in 2004 and 2005. The first two challenges were over desert terrain, while the Nov. 3 race will be held on the training base to test the robots in an urban environment.

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    may be small beans, especially considering what our cajunbot team is doing, but the Campus Technology article actually referred to us plain and simply as University of Louisiana. Just thought I'd pass on a nice tidbit to y'all.

    God Bless


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      Qualifying for the Department of Defense's race of unmanned vehicles began Friday with UL's CajunBot team among the 35 contenders.

    Qualifying continues through Wednesday.

    Teams that move through the qualifying round will be eligible to participate in the $2 million Urban Challenge on Saturday at a military training base in Victorville, Calif.

    The qualifying event officially kicked off Friday at the Southern California Logistics Airport.
    The race is sponsored by the DoD's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - DARPA.

    "This is all about saving lives," said Tony Tether, DARPA director.

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    "as well as Cornell University, the University of Louisiana and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology."
    That is not bad company to be named with. Thanks team cajunbot for representing us so well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by geo_cajun View Post
    That is not bad company to be named with. Thanks team cajunbot for representing us so well!
    I'd say so! Great job!

  17. Default CajunBot II looking good Finalists will be named Thursday


      VICTORVILLE, Calif. - After a few roadblocks during Friday's qualifying round of the Department of Defense's 2007 Urban Challenge, Team CajunBot spent the night in the field. The sleepless night paid off Saturday.

    The 12:30 p.m. qualifying round Saturday had CajunBot II finishing 13 laps without swapping paint with the five other moving vehicles on the track - a feat not many bots were able to perform.

    "These guys are amazing," Dr. Arun Lakhotia, team leader, said in a news release. "Some of them are working on no sleep and others only got about two hours of sleep last night. CajunBot II's great run today is a result of their continuous dedication to this project."

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      VICTORVILLE, Calif. — The University of Louisiana ... at Lafayette’s Team CajunBot finished its third day of qualifying Monday for the 2007 Urban Challenge, which pits robotic vehicles against each other in a city street setting.

    This is the third challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense in which Team CajunBot has competed.

    CajunBot II — the robotic Jeep outfitted with a variety of sensors and computers — had a hiccup Monday, but team members said they believe they will be able to sort out the issues when the qualifying event continues today.

    “We’ve gotten a lot further this morning than a lot of other bots,” Scott Wilson, Team CajunBot adviser, said in a release. “It’s not about pass or fail in qualifying rounds. It’s how you solve problems you encounter.”

    The team has spent a lot of sleepless nights this weekend making last minute adjustments based on a simulation program that tracks all of CajunBot II’s movements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewsCopy View Post
    which also include robotics groups from Cornell University, the University of Louisiana ... at Lafayette, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others
    That is great academic company to be associated with!!

  20. Default CajunBot II sidelined


      Vehicle stumped on navigating neighborhood street


    CajunBot II did what it could, but it wasn't enough to please DARPA officials Wednesday.

    The autonomous vehicle designed by UL students and researchers was sidelined late Wednesday, ending the team's hopes of competing in its third race of the country's driverless vehicles.

    The race is sponsored by the Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and was created about three years ago to spur private research in the area of autonomous vehicles.

    On Saturday, teams from across the country will race in Victorville, Calif., for a $2 million prize.

    For the past three days, 35 teams have been testing round after round on a former military base in Victorville for one of the 20 spots in the final race.

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