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    Sydney students develop robots for Marines
    By ASHER MOSES - Sydney Morning Herald Last updated 05:00 28/07/2010SharePrint Text Size MARATHON ROBOTICSSMART: The Rover robots look, move and behave like real people. Relevant offers
    Three Sydney University PhD students who developed Terminator-style robots will soon see their technology trialled by US Marines sharpshooters in a $57 million coup.

    Alex Brooks, Alex Makarenko and Tobias Kaupp have been plugging away on the robots for eight years at their company, Marathon Robotics, which is based at Sydney's Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh.

    The Rover robots, the first such "smart targets" to be adopted for training exercises by the US military, are armoured autonomous robots that look, move and behave like real people. Australian troops are already using them for training.

    Teams of the robots can execute complex pre-planned scenarios and are intelligent enough to scatter and run for cover when a buddy robot is shot.

    The robots, which weigh 150 kilograms, are based on the Segway platform. They do not need to be controlled with a joystick and can accelerate at up to 12.6km/h.

    They use GPS and a scanning laser range-finder for navigation, positioning and obstacle detection and avoidance. The robots are networked so they can be monitored and given commands remotely.

    Rover was developed in conjunction with the Department of Defence and with support from the federal and NSW governments. Brooks would not say how much each robot costs.

    The robots can be used for scenarios including sniper training, hostage rescue, escalation-of-force decision-making and executive protection. The mannequin on top drops back when hit and is made from durable plastic so can withstand hundreds of shots.

    "Our customers always stress that shooting a moving target is orders of magnitude more difficult than shooting a stationary or predictable target," said Makarenko, Marathon Robotics' chief technology officer.

    "We fully expect that training with live ammunition on smart targets will substantially improve moving marksmanship."

    NSW Treasurer and Minister for State and Regional Development, Eric Roozendaal, said Rover was a great example of "world-beating NSW technology".

    He said the NSW government was helping Marathon Robotics target its technology to a range of international export markets including Europe.

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    We're just going to have to blow up their lab (without them in it of course) and destroy all their work; didn't they get the message in the terminator movies.

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