Robotics in Alpine rescue: Developing drones to help in rescue missions


prof.dr.ir. Stefano Stramigioli
Presentation Colloquia / Event
Date 2014-10-09
Time 12:30
Location SmartXp Lab

Please attend this lunch lecture and find out more about the fascinating science of robotics in alpine rescue. The lecture is aimed at a broad audience and will be in English. Attendees will be provided with a simple lunch.

Thursday 9 October prof Stefano Stramigioli will give a lunch lecture on the SHERPA project: Smart collaboration between Humans and ground-aErial Robots for imProving rescuing activities in Alpine environments. Scientific advances in robotics research are moving the technology from predictable spaces like production lines into disaster zones. After avalanches or other incidents, robots can support rescuers or even take the place of their human teammates, cutting risk to human life and helping boost the chances of rescuing victims. In the lecture Stramigioli will explain the work on, for example, the robotic arm which is used in combination with a quadrocopter.

The goal of SHERPA is to develop a mixed ground and aerial robotic platform to support search and rescue activities in a real-world hostile environment like the alpine scenario. What makes the project scientifically rich is the heterogeneity of the different actors of the SHERPA team: the human rescuer, the ground rover with its robotic arm, the aerial platforms. The research activity focuses on how the human rescuer and the SHERPA robots interact and collaborate with each other, with their own features and capabilities, toward the achievement of a common goal. Emphasis is placed on robust autonomy of the platform, acquisition of cognitive capabilities, collaboration strategies, natural and implicit interaction between the human rescuer and the robots. 

The lecture is part of the first SHERPA Integration Week taking place at the University of Twente  from Monday October 6 until Friday October 10. The goal of the "integration week" is to create an occasion in which the researchers from the consortium will meet to work together and integrate the partial results. The consortium is composed of seven top academic groups, two SMEs, and the Italian Association of Alpine Rescuers with the role of end-user and evaluator of the project outcomes for the specific application of search and rescuing in the alpine scenario.

Stefano Stramigioli is one of Europe’s leading Robotics researchers. He is an officer and Senior Member of IEEE, the professional association for the advancement of technology. With his research group Robotics and Mechatronics he takes part in the SHERPA project.

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014