Overview Purpose Participation Goal
  • DARPA’s four-year, multi-track Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) program aims to develop software and hardware that enables a robot to autonomously manipulate, grasp, and perform complicated tasks with humans providing only high-level supervision. The ARM robot will be able to adapt to unstructured, dynamic environments.

    Over the course of the program in the Software Track, funded performers will develop algorithms that enable the DARPA robot to execute these numerous tasks. In the Hardware Track, funded performers will develop robust, low-cost multi-fingered hands to perform these tasks.

    DARPA is also providing public access to an identical robot in the Outreach Track, allowing anyone the opportunity to write software for the ARM robot to complete similar grasping and manipulation challenges.

  • The purpose of the ARM Outreach Track is to promote interactive collaboration to further robotics technology, by using the Internet to provide public access to its advanced ARM system. A variety of participants are encouraged to get involved, from college robotics teams, to corporations, to the average hobbyist. ARM also hopes to expand interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers among high school and college students. The Outreach Track aims to encourage general public participation in the ARM program and raise overall awareness of DARPA.
  • Individuals or teams will be able to write software, test it in simulation, upload it to the actual system, and then watch in real-time, via the Internet, as the ARM robot executes their software. Teams nationwide will be able to compete and collaborate with one another, while following along with the Software Track’s funded performers’ execution of grasping and manipulation challenges. Over the course of three phases, they will complete a series of evaluation tests with increasing complexity. Sign up here to participate in the ARM Outreach Track and receive updates as the ARM system becomes available.
  • The DARPA ARM program hopes to transform the robotics industry by introducing a manipulator that is both autonomous and highly adaptable to a dynamic environment. This technology has the potential to revolutionize the battlefield and beyond, by removing the limitations of a human operator. The dexterous ARM robot not only has military applications, such as reducing warfighter casualties, but non-military applications in domestic and manufacturing fields as well. The ultimate goal is to transform robotic manipulation “from an art to a science" until we have robots as a part of our daily lives.