Teams vying to give brawny robot a brain Its name is Atlas. And its brain is no match for its brawn. Teams from local universities have been picked for a competition to change that. ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page ESSDRAS M SUAREZ/GLOBE STAFF R.J. Linton’s Worcester Polytechnic Institute team is one of seven competing in a $2 million contest to expand Atlas’s ability to solve problems. ESSDRAS M SUAREZ/GLOBE STAFF Worcester Polytechnic Institute students work on an Atlas robot, which was delivered as part of a Pentagon project. ESSDRAS M SUAREZ/GLOBE STAFF An engineer from Boston Dynamics, which built Atlas, inspects the robot. ESSDRAS M SUAREZ/GLOBE STAFF Another local company, iRobot, designed the hand for the robot. ESSDRAS M SUAREZ/GLOBE STAFF The two-legged Atlas is designed for rescue, not combat.