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Nov 28, 2012

Simbody joins the DARPA Robotics Challenge

By Michael Sherman

DARPA granted a sole-source contract to the Open Source Robotics Foundation ( to build a shared simulator (Gazebo) for the DARPA Robotics Challenge. OSRF awarded a research subcontract to Stanford Bioengineering to incorporate Simbody as a high-accuracy physics module in Gazebo, and to develop a novel approach to high-speed, physically-accurate contact modeling suitable for use in real time robotics simulations. Prof. Scott Delp is the Principal Investigator; Simbody principal developer Michael Sherman and postdoc Tom Uchida will participate. The 2.5 year subcontract began in October, 2012.