About DRC-Hubo

The Team DRC-Hubo@UNLV robot is a semi-autonomous humanoid robot – a robot with a body shape that resembles a human body – complete with numerous electro-mechanical and computer systems that support movement and interaction with humans and the environment.

  • The Korean Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) develops the Hubo series of robots.
  • DRC-Hubo is approximately 160 centimeters or nearly 5’3” tall.
  • DRC-Hubo is made of aluminum and weighs approximately 80 kilograms or nearly 176 pounds.
  • DRC-Hubo’s three cameras provide either a narrow or a wide view and the ability to perceive 3D objects.
  • Each of DRC-Hubo’s arms have 7 motors and 7 motor drivers, to simulate the mechanics of a human arm and support lifting, turning and twisting movements.
  • DRC-Hubo can lift up to 20 kilograms or nearly 44 pounds.
  • DRC-Hubo has three fingers on one hand and four fingers on the other hand, which can exert 200 Newtons in force.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find more information about the challenge?
You can find more information at
When and where did the DARPA Robotics Challenge take place?

The Finals were June 5-6, 2015 at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.

Are robot operators able to see the robot in operation as it completes the DRC tasks?

No. Operators are sequestered and do not have any communication with anyone who can see the robot. They have to rely on sensors and visual data sent from the robot.

What is the greatest challenge of all the DRC tasks?
Although all tasks are very challenging, one of the most difficult is driving. Human beings have a spine, which enables them to twist, making getting into and out of a car relatively easy; a robot does not. This means researchers must carefully plan every movement to move the rigid robot body inside a confined space.
What teams are competing in the DRC Finals?

The DARPA Robotics Challenge maintains an updated list of participating teams on its website.

How can I support Team DRC-Hubo@UNLV?

You can learn more about sponsorship opportunities here, or by contacting: Russel A. Kost, Senior Director of Development, UNLV Foundation| 702.895.2852 |




UNLV is looking for key sponsors to join us in supporting this incredible effort.