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Mines and human casualties: a robotics approach toward mine clearing
Author(s): Masoud Ghaffari; Dinesh Manthena; Alireza Ghaffari; Ernest L. Hall
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Paper Abstract

An estimated 100 million landmines which have been planted in more than 60 countries kill or maim thousands of civilians every year. Millions of people live in the vast dangerous areas and are not able to access to basic human services because of landmines’ threats. This problem has affected many third world countries and poor nations which are not able to afford high cost solutions. This paper tries to present some experiences with the land mine victims and solutions for the mine clearing. It studies current situation of this crisis as well as state of the art robotics technology for the mine clearing. It also introduces a survey robot which is suitable for the mine clearing applications. The results show that in addition to technical aspects, this problem has many socio-economic issues. The significance of this study is to persuade robotics researchers toward this topic and to peruse the technical and humanitarian facets of this issue.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5608, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXII: Algorithms, Techniques, and Active Vision, (25 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.571260
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Masoud Ghaffari, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
Dinesh Manthena, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
Alireza Ghaffari, Orthosis and Prosthesis Ctr. (Iran)
Ernest L. Hall, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5608:
Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXII: Algorithms, Techniques, and Active Vision
David P. Casasent; Ernest L. Hall; Juha Roning, Editor(s)

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