Three Australian PhD. students used their skills in robotics to develop a humanoid target that the Australian military could use for live-fire training. Called Rover, the robot moves as fast as a human, stops suddenly, avoids obstacles and behaves unpredictably—just like an insurgent would in urban combat. Alex Brooks, Tobias Kaupp and Alexei Makarenko were studying at the Australian Center for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney, when they learned of a requirement from the ...


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