I was delighted to learn that a team from KAIST had won the challenge, for several reasons.
- I taught at KAIST in 2012-2013 and had the opportunity to meet Professor Jun Ho Oh, who heads the Humanoid Robotics Research Center there.
- The robotics industry and its role in future networks is of considerable interest to me and a frequent topic of this blog, as this selection of posts shows.
- The theme of the DARPA robotics challenge (described in detail on the challenge website here) is disaster response, and SUNY Korea has just begun working more closely with the Songdo office of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
As you can see, Hubo was designed like a transformer, allowing the robot to perform a wider variety of tasks, one of which is shown in the following photograph.