Search & Rescue

The earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan is a terrible reminder of the power and danger of natural disasters. While we respectfully mourn the tragic loss of life and the hardships that the living are experiencing and will continue to experience for months and years to come, there are many opportunities to learn, to contribute, and to improve on current response methods. In this RAPID project, we aim to assist Japanese colleagues in the robotic response to the disaster in the form of vision improvements to the CRAWLER (Cylindrical Robot for Autonomous Walking and Lifting during Emergency Response) robot for core-bored search and void inspection.

Related Publications:

  1. Yanzhe Cui, Richard M. Voyles, Miao He, Guangying Jiang, Mohammad H. Mahoor, “A Self-Adaptation Framework for Heterogeneous Miniature Search and Rescue Robots”, in the 10th IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics, College Station, Texas, Nov. 2012.
  2. Yanzhe Cui, Richard M Voyles, Josh T Lane, Akshay Krishnamoorthy, Mohammad H Mahoor, “A mechanism for real-time decision making and system maintenance for resource constrained robotic systems through ReFrESH“, Autonomous Robots, July 2015.