DARPA seeks innovation to advance the capability of autonomous robotic mobile manipulation. Many systems utilize manipulators to perform tasks with direct manipulator control by human operators who are in a remote location. Often, a manipulator is located on a mobile platform such as a ground robotic vehicle, underwater vehicle, or space vehicle. The envisioned DARPA Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) program will develop autonomous capabilities for mobile manipulators that improve task performance while, at the same time, removing direct human control. The envisioned Hardware Track will develop robot hands that accelerate the transition of ARM technology to military application by virtue of their dexterity, affordability, and suitability for real-world use.<
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