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Applications of tactical mobile robot technology to urban search and rescue: lessons learned at the World Trade Center disaster
Author(s): S. Scott Pratt; Fred Alibozek; Thomas Frost; Christopher O. Norman; Andrew M. Shein; Christopher Smith
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Paper Abstract

In the wake of the World Trade Center tragedy on Sept. 11th 2001, robots developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Tactical Mobile Robot program were used under the direction of CRASAR, the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue, to provide technical support to the relief effort. The TMR's (Tactical Mobile Robots) were used to search the disaster scene for casualties, locate victims, and assess building integrity. During the effort the Tactical Mobile Robots were presented with unprecedented obstacles and challenges. This paper serves to outline lessons learned at the WTC (World Trade Center) disaster and provide information for the development of more capable search and rescue robots.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4715, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology IV, (17 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.474455
Show Author Affiliations
S. Scott Pratt, iRobot Corp. (United States)
Fred Alibozek, iRobot Corp. (United States)
Thomas Frost, iRobot Corp. (United States)
Christopher O. Norman, iRobot Corp. (United States)
Andrew M. Shein, iRobot Corp. (United States)
Christopher Smith, iRobot Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4715:
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology IV
Grant R. Gerhart; Chuck M. Shoemaker; Douglas W. Gage, Editor(s)

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