The aim of the project is to design and develop a partially automated, mobile assistance robot to support material transport through impassable terrain. The main areas of application are rescue operations in disaster scenarios, such as collapsed buildings, operations in impassable terrain, train or traffic accidents, and other major emergencies. The system to be developed should be able to follow a person through difficult terrain (gravel, obstacles, slopes), transport material needed for the rescue operation and react to the user's gestures, as well as provide feedback.
|Duration:||01.09.2021 till 31.08.2025|
|Donee:||German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH|
|Sponsor:||Federal Agency for Technical Relief|
|Application Field:||SAR- & Security Robotics|
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In the future, the system will be used to support civil protection forces during operations in rubble and impassable terrain. The basic scenario is a rescue operation after a building collapse, for example after a gas explosion. This means for the arriving forces that, on the one hand, a good order of the area must be established (where are which vehicles brought into position) and, on the other hand, a situation assessment must be carried out quickly (What is the situation? What dangers are there? What measures are required? What equipment is required?). Afterwards, possibly buried persons have to be located. If there is a suspicion of buried persons, the rescue of people has top priority. The necessary materials and equipment are currently being brought by hand to the scene on the debris cone. The equipment required also includes heavy items such as hydraulic rescue equipment, which can weigh more than 25 kilograms. These materials are to be moved safely through the area of operation by the robot system developed here.
The findings from the scenario described above can also be transferred to other areas of non-police emergency response. For example, a robotic transport system can also be supportive in the field of mountain rescue, where extensive equipment also regularly has to be transported through impassable terrain. And the approach is also interesting for the mine rescue service, since here, too, impassable terrain, heavy equipment and strenuous activities (working under breathing protection) are part of the regular conditions.