Designing, developing, and deploying systems to support human-robot teams in disaster response

Geert-Jan Kruijff, Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová, Shanker Keshavdas, Benoit Larochelle, Miroslav Janicek, Francis Colas, Ming Liu, François Pomerleau, Roland Siegwart, Mark A. Neerincx, Rosemarijn Looije, Nanja J. J. M. Smets, Tina Mioch, Jurriaan van Diggelen, Fiora Pirri, Mario Gianni, Federico Ferri, Matteo Menna, Rainer Worst, Thorsten Linder, Viatcheslav Tretyakov, Hartmut Surmann, TomᨠSvoboda, Michal Rein¨tein, Karel Zimmermann, TomᨠPetříček, Václav Hlaváč

In: Advanced Robotics 28 23 Pages 1547-1570 Taylor & Francis London 12/2014.


This paper describes our experience in designing, developing and deploying systems for supporting human-robot teams during disaster response. It is based on R&D performed in the EU-funded project NIFTi. NIFTi aimed at building intelligent, collaborative robots that could work together with humans in exploring a disaster site, to make a situational assessment. To achieve this aim, NIFTi addressed key scientific design aspects in building up situation awareness in a human-robot team, developing systems using a user-centric methodology involving end users throughout the entire R&D cycle, and regularly deploying implemented systems under real-life circumstances for experimentation and testing. This has yielded substantial scientific advances in the state-of-the-art in robot mapping, robot autonomy for operating in harsh terrain, collaborative planning, and human-robot interaction. NIFTi deployed its system in actual disaster response activities in Northern Italy, in July 2012, aiding in structure damage assessment.


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