Team Hector started in 2009 as an interdisciplinary effort of researchers from TU Darmstadt's Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering Departments within the PhD program GRK 1362. Its current team members are PhD students from Computer Science and students of the master programs in Autonomous Systems, Computer Science, Computational Engineering and Information Systems Technology.
The team name Hector stands for Heterogeneous Cooperating Team Of Robots. The team's mission is to research and develop heterogeneous search and rescue robots cooperating with each other and a remote human supervisor to achieve a common mission. After several years of successful research and development in mobile ground and aerial search and rescue robotics, Team Hector very recently started to research and develop advanced legged locomotion and manipulation abilities for humanoid disaster response robots.
Some of the teams achievements are:
- 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012: Best in Class Autonomy Award of RoboCup Rescue Robot League
- 2015: Finalist of the prestigious DARPA Robotics Challenge
- 2014: Champion of RoboCup Rescue Robot Legue
- 2013: Release of Hector Navigation and further open source software for search and rescue robots
- 2013: HARTING Open Source Award for Hector SLAM
- 2012: Open source release of Hector SLAM