From September 23rd to October 2nd the first TRADR Joint Exercise (TJEx) took place at the Tremora hospital (ex American hospital of Calambrone) near Pisa, Italy, in cooperation with the TRADR partners and the firefighters from the Firebrigade of Pisa. Using a proven-in-practice user-centric design methodology, TRADR develops novel science and technology for human-robot teams to assist in disaster response efforts over multiple missions.
The team collect their award at the Automatica fair in Munich, June 2014.
Four researchers from Davide Scaramuzza’s Robotics and Perception Group at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, have won the prestigious KUKA Innovation Award (20.000 EUR) for their project “Collaboration of Flying and Ground Robots for Search-And-Rescue Missions” at the AUTOMATICA trade fair in Munich.
The search and rescue team involved in the recent South Korean ferry tragedy has deployed a remotely-operated underwater robot to help in the investigation and hopeful search for possible survivors in what has been called the country’s worst maritime disaster in forty years. The Sewol ferry sunk off the coast of South Korea on April 14, 2014 carrying 476 passengers and crew on board; of these, 339 were high school students and teachers on a field trip. While 174 people have been rescued, divers’ efforts to locate the remaining victims have been hampered by strong currents, cold water and floating debris. An underwater ROV by Deep Trekker has been deployed to help rescuers assess the wreckage and the surrounding sea floor before sending divers into the ferry’s interior.
The Deployable Air Land Exploration Robot (DALER) uses its own wings to crawl and roll over a variety of terrains. Using a self-adjusting structure to transform its wings into rotating arms, the robot is able to flip, rotate and navigate its way around and over obstacles on the ground. Sharing the wings across different modes of locomotion reduces the amount of infrastructure and weight the robot must carry, thus improving flight performance. The ability to adapt to a variety of environments is important in search and rescue operations, where both air and ground searching may be required.