Why this Blog? What it Covers? and For Who?

Welcome to my blog page. I’m Paul Oh, lead for Team DRC-Hubo, one of the 7 Track A teams selected by DARPA for their Robotics Challenge.

Why this blog? The DRC is a defining moment in robotics and will fundamentally change our views and interactions with robots.  I thus want to chronicle our experiences and capture “history-in-the-making”.   By doing so, I hope to engage others to join and cheer us in this journey.

Who this blog is for?  I identify the following 4 audiences:

  • Those interested in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (including our competitors!)
  • Roboticists from academia, industry and research labs (i.e. my colleagues!)
  • Robot enthusiasts
  • My family and friends wondering what I’m doing!

What will this blog cover?  As “history” unfolds, I will journal aspects of the DRC, our trials and tribulations (and hopefully joys too!) and occasionally, my views of robotics.   These views reflect my role as team lead, but also as an educator and robotics researcher.

How and When?  I’m not a professional blogger and appreciate that many blogs go stale or die.  Nonetheless I will try to blog at least weekly.  I will also experiment with hosting video interviews and using social media tools.

Next steps: Please join us on social media sites like Google+, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.  You can find our links on this page or http://www.drc-hubo.com.

My next blog will be on my conviction that within 7-years (i.e. 2020), disaster response robots will be part of our daily lives as seen in this notional video.

Thanks, Godspeed and God Bless!


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About Paul Oh

I'm Paul Oh, a robotics professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and lead for team DRC-Hubo. I founded the Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL) in 2000 and serve as its director: http://dasl.mem.drexel.edu. DASL has participated in disaster response and worked with first responders to develop technologies since 2001.
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