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Aptima and UML Teams Take Bronze in Competition

Aptima and UML Teams Take Bronze in Competition

Aptima Employees, UMass-Lowell Teammates Take Bronze in IGVC Robotics Competition

“Robot Design” graduate course team places third in Navigation Challenge

Woburn, MA, June 14, 2010 – Aptima, Inc., the leading human-centered R&D company that applies expertise in the disciplines of how humans think, learn, and behave to solve challenges faced by the U.S. Department of Defense, announced today that employees Jeff Rousseau and Mike Therrien and their UMass-Lowell teammates placed third out of approximately 50 teams in the Navigation Challenge at the 18th Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC).

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), IGVC features student-built self-controlled (autonomous) robots. This year’s event was held at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan on June 4-7. Aptima Software Engineers Jeff Rousseau and Mike Therrien, along with their classmates, entered into the competition as part of their graduate level “Robot Design“ course at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. This year, UMass-Lowell fielded two robots at IGVC and the robots performed in two events. The Autonomous Challenge requires that the robots use cameras to see and follow a course made up of painted lines. The Navigation Challenge requires that they use global positioning system (GPS) technology to visit a series of nine waypoints in an open field. Both courses require that the robots avoid obstacles placed in their paths.

For photographs and more information about the UMass-Lowell team at IGVC, as well as a video of the competition in which you can see the robots in action, please visit techcreation.cs.uml.edu/igvc[Archived Link No Longer Available]