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Search and rescue with serpentine robots
Author(s): Howie M. Choset; Douglas Hull; Jonathan E. Luntz; Ellie Shammas; Tarek Rached; Christina C. Dent
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Paper Abstract

Serpentine robots offer advantages over traditional mobile robots and robot arms because they have enhanced flexibility and reachability; especially in convoluted environments. These mechanisms are especially well suited for search and rescue operations where making contact with surviving victims trapped in a collapsed building is essential. The same flexibility that makes serpentine robots incredibly useful also makes them difficult to design and control. This paper will describe the current status of serpentine robot design and path planning underway in our research group and point towards future directions of research.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4024, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology II, (10 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391639
Show Author Affiliations
Howie M. Choset, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)
Douglas Hull, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)
Jonathan E. Luntz, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Ellie Shammas, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)
Tarek Rached, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)
Christina C. Dent, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4024:
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology II
Grant R. Gerhart; Robert W. Gunderson; Chuck M. Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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