Robohub.org
 

Robot-assisted search and rescue conducts joint training exercise with Italian Coast Guard

by and
24 October 2016



share this:
Credit: CRASAR

Credit: CRASAR

The Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) at Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station conducted a joint training exercise with the Italian Coast Guard in Genoa, Italy to prevent future migrant drownings in the Mediterranean. Over the course of three days the exercise tested EMILY, a lifeguard assistant unmanned surface vehicle, a Fotokite tethered unmanned aerial vehicle, and LTE cellular communications. The goal is to accelerate research in robotics, sensors, and networks for marine mass casualty events as a crisis response.

To help save migrants, the CRASAR team is testing a computer program that allows an autonomous Emily to drive near a cluster of people in need of help and to position itself in a way that allows the greatest number of people to grab on. This, in turn, frees up the lifeguard to get to people in immediate distress.

The joint exercise was arranged by Prof. Gianluca Antonelli, University of Cassino, and Prof. Pino Casalino, through the Interuniversity Center of Integrated Systems for the Marine Environment (ISME), a consortium of seven Italian universities in conjunction with the Italian Coast Guard Genova, led by Commander Massimo Kothmeir. The ISME team, node of Cassino, was  led  by  Prof.  Gianluca Antonelli with 3 collaborators/PhD students (Elisabetta Cataldi, Paolo Di Lillo, Daniele Di Vito).

Credit: CRASAR

Credit: CRASAR

In January 2016, CRASAR deployed EMILY robots to Greece during the wave of migrations from Turkey. Two EMILYs are currently in use by the Hellenic Coast Guard and Hellenic Red Cross, and the Hellenic Coast Guard credited CRASAR with recently saving over two dozen refugees trapped in high seas.

The exercise identified major differences between the Turkey-Greece and Africa-Italy migrations that affect unmanned system design, resulting in new research directions in autonomous navigation, human-robot interaction with victims in the water, and the use of UAVs to direct lifeguard assistant robots and provide situation awareness to responders and their supervisors on shore.

Credit: CRASAR

Credit: CRASAR

The CRASAR team was led by Prof. Robin Murphy with 2 graduate students (Grant Wilde, Jan Dufek) and 1 undergraduate (Rebecca Schofield) from computer science and engineering and EMILY creator, Tony Mulligan of Hydronaulix, and medical expert, Lynn Marie Kelly-Mulligan. Dr. Walt Magnussen of the Texas A&M Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center also participated.

CRASAR is funded by the National Science Foundation.



tags: , ,


Robin Murphy is a Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University and Vice-President of the not-for-profit Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue
Robin Murphy is a Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University and Vice-President of the not-for-profit Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue

Gianluca Antonelli is an Associate Professor at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio.
Gianluca Antonelli is an Associate Professor at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio.





Related posts :



Robot Talk Episode 90 – Robotically Augmented People

In this special live recording at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Claire chatted to Milia Helena Hasbani, Benjamin Metcalfe, and Dani Clode about robotic prosthetics and human augmentation.
21 June 2024, by

Robot Talk Episode 89 – Simone Schuerle

In the latest episode of the Robot Talk podcast, Claire chatted to Simone Schuerle from ETH Zürich all about microrobots, medicine and science.
14 June 2024, by

Robot Talk Episode 88 – Lord Ara Darzi

In the latest episode of the Robot Talk podcast, Claire chatted to Lord Ara Darzi from Imperial College London all about robotic surgery - past, present and future.
07 June 2024, by

Robot Talk Episode 87 – Isabelle Ormerod

In the latest episode of the Robot Talk podcast, Claire chatted to Isabelle Ormerod from the University of Bristol all about human-centred design and women in robotics.
31 May 2024, by

Robot Talk Episode 86 – Mario Di Castro

In the latest episode of the Robot Talk podcast, Claire chatted to Mario Di Castro from CERN all about robotic inspection and maintenance in hazardous environments.
24 May 2024, by

Congratulations to the #ICRA2024 best paper winners

The winners and finalists in the different categories have been announced.
20 May 2024, by





Robohub is supported by:




Would you like to learn how to tell impactful stories about your robot or AI system?


scicomm
training the next generation of science communicators in robotics & AI


©2024 - Association for the Understanding of Artificial Intelligence


 












©2021 - ROBOTS Association