The Department of Energy’s version of DARPA had its first major event at National Harbor (Suburban Washington DC). Read about it here.
Dr. Regina Dugan will be the next director of DARPA. With a doctorate from Caltech, Dugan served as a DARPA program manager from 1996 to 2000. Her background is in explosives detection.
Money quote from CNet News:
DARPA also said that the qualifying and final events will be held at a military training facility in Victorville, Calif., home of the Route 66 Museum, the San Bernardino County Fair and a state penitentiary. The Urban Grand Challenge is the third in DARPA’s series of robot car races and it’s the first one the agency has pre-announced the location for months in advance of the final race. It typically keeps the location under wraps to prevent competitive advantage, but programming a car to navigate city streets by itself will presumably be hard enough.