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Search and Rescue Robotics

From Theory to Practice

In the event of large crises (earthquakes, typhoons, floods, ...), a primordial task of the fire and rescue services is the search for human survivors on the incident site. This is a complex and dangerous task, which - too often - leads to loss of lives among the human crisis managers themselves. This book explains how unmanned search can be added to the toolkit of the search and rescue workers, offering a valuable tool to save human lives and to speed up the search and rescue process. The introduction of robotic tools in the world of search and rescue is not straightforward, due to the fact that the search and rescue context is extremely technology-unfriendly, meaning that very robust solutions, which can be deployed extremely quickly, are required. Multiple research projects across the world are tackling this problem and in this book, a special focus is placed on showcasing the results of the European Union ICARUS project on this subject. The ICARUS project proposes to equip first responders with a comprehensive and integrated set of unmanned search and rescue tools, to increase the situational awareness of human crisis managers, so that more work can be done in a shorter amount of time. The ICARUS tools consist of assistive unmanned air, ground, and sea vehicles, equipped with victim-detection sensors. The unmanned vehicles collaborate as a coordinated team, communicating via ad hoc cognitive radio networking. To ensure optimal human-robot collaboration, these tools are seamlessly integrated into the command and control equipment of the human crisis managers and a set of training and support tools is provided to them in order to learn to use the ICARUS system.
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement number 285417. The publishing of this book was funded by the EC FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot programme.

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Search and Rescue RoboticsFrom Theory to Practice

Published: August 23rd 2017

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.68449

ISBN: 978-953-51-3376-6

Print ISBN: 978-953-51-3375-9

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-4699-5

Copyright year: 2017

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40 Crossref Citations

13 Web of Science Citations

58 Dimensions Citations


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1. Introduction to the Use of Robotic Tools for Search and Rescue

By Geert De Cubber, Daniela Doroftei, Konrad Rudin, Karsten Berns, Anibal Matos, Daniel Serrano, Jose Sanchez, Shashank Govindaraj, Janusz Bedkowski, Rui Roda, Eduardo Silva and Stephane Ourevitch


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2. User-Centered Design

By Daniela Doroftei, Geert De Cubber, Rene Wagemans, Anibal Matos, Eduardo Silva, Victor Lobo, Guerreiro Cardoso, Keshav Chintamani, Shashank Govindaraj, Jeremi Gancet and Daniel Serrano


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3. Unmanned Aerial Systems

By Rudin Konrad, Daniel Serrano and Pascal Strupler


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4. Unmanned Ground Robots for Rescue Tasks

By Karsten Berns, Atabak Nezhadfard, Massimo Tosa, Haris Balta and Geert De Cubber


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5. Unmanned Maritime Systems for Search and Rescue

By Aníbal Matos, Eduardo Silva, José Almeida, Alfredo Martins, Hugo Ferreira, Bruno Ferreira, José Alves, André Dias, Stefano Fioravanti, Daniele Bertin and Victor Lobo


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6. Interoperability in a Heterogeneous Team of Search and Rescue Robots

By Daniel Serrano López, German Moreno, Jose Cordero, Jose Sanchez, Shashank Govindaraj, Mario Monteiro Marques, Victor Lobo, Stefano Fioravanti, Alberto Grati, Konrad Rudin, Massimo Tosa, Anibal Matos, Andre Dias, Alfredo Martins, Janusz Bedkowski, Haris Balta and Geert De Cubber


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7. Tactical Communications for Cooperative SAR Robot Missions

By José Manuel Sanchez, José Cordero, Hafeez M. Chaudhary, Bart Sheers and Yudani Riobó


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8. Command and Control Systems for Search and Rescue Robots

By Shashank Govindaraj, Pierre Letier, Keshav Chintamani, Jeremi Gancet, Mario Nunez Jimenez, Miguel Ángel Esbrí, Pawel Musialik, Janusz Bedkowski, Irune Badiola, Ricardo Gonçalves, António Coelho, Daniel Serrano, Massimo Tosa, Thomas Pfister and Jose Manuel Sanchez


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9. ICARUS Training and Support System

By Janusz Będkowski, Karol Majek, Michal Pełka, Andrzej Masłowski, Antonio Coelho, Ricardo Goncalves, Ricardo Baptista and Jose Manuel Sanchez


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10. Operational Validation of Search and Rescue Robots

By Geert De Cubber, Daniela Doroftei, Haris Balta, Anibal Matos, Eduardo Silva, Daniel Serrano, Shashank Govindaraj, Rui Roda, Victor Lobo, Mário Marques and Rene Wagemans


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