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SHERPA

Project reference: 600958
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Smart collaboration between Humans and ground-aErial Robots for imProving rescuing activities in Alpine environments

From 2013-02-01 to 2017-01-31, ongoing project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 11 267 859

EU contribution:

EUR 8 550 000

Coordinated in:

Italy

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-9See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Mixed ground and aerial robotic platform supporting search and rescue activities in a Alpine environments

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 very rich from a scientific viewpoint is the heterogeneity and the capabilities to be owned by the different actors of the SHERPA system: the “human” rescuer is the “busy genius”, working in team with the ground vehicle, as the “intelligent donkey”, and with the aerial platforms, i.e. the “trained wasps” and “patrolling hawks”. The emphasis is placed on robust autonomy of the platform, acquisition of cognitive capabilities, collaboration strategies, natural and implicit interaction between the “genius” and the “SHERPA animals”, which motivate the research activity.

Objective

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. The technological platform and the alpine rescuing scenario are the occasion to address a number of research topics about cognition and control pertinent to the call.What makes the project potentially very rich from a scientific viewpoint is the heterogeneity and the capabilities to be owned by the different actors of the SHERPA system: the "human" rescuer is the "busy genius", working in team with the ground vehicle, as the "intelligent donkey", and with the aerial platforms, i.e. the "trained wasps" and "patrolling hawks". Indeed, the research activity focuses on how the "busy genius" and the "SHERPA animals" interact and collaborate with each other, with their own features and capabilities, toward the achievement of a common goal.A mix of advanced control and cognitive capabilities characterize the SHERPA system, aiming to support the rescuer by improving his awareness of the rescue scene even in tough environments and with the "genius" often "busy" in the rescuing activity (and thus unable to supervise the platform). Thus emphasis is placed on robust autonomy of the platform, acquisition of cognitive capabilities, collaboration strategies, natural and implicit interaction between the "genius" and the "SHERPA animals", which motivate the research activity.Five benchmarks, inspired by real-world scenarios, drive the research and motivate demonstration activities on realistic testing sites planned during the project.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 compose the consortium.<br/>

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Coordinator

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 1 424 170


Viale Risorgimento 2
40136 Bologna
Italy
Administrative contact: Lorenzo Marconi
Tel.: +39 0512093788
Fax: +39 0512093073
E-mail

Participants

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 914 800


Oude Markt
3000 LEUVEN
Belgium
Administrative contact: Sofie Heroes
Tel.: +32 16 329979
Fax: +32 16 326515
E-mail
BLUEBOTICS SA
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 706 575


PARC SCIENTIFIQUE DE L EPFL - PSE-C
CH-1015 LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Nicola Tomatis
Tel.: +41 216938314
E-mail
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 1 019 920


Raemistrasse
8092 ZUERICH
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Roland Siegwart
Tel.: +41 446322358
E-mail
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 944 000


Bibliothekstrasse
28359 BREMEN
Germany
Administrative contact: Thomas Flink
Tel.: +4942121860550
Fax: +4942121860561
E-mail
ASLATECH DI SALA ANDREA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 389 154


VIA DEL GRETO
40132 BOLOGNA BO
Italy
Administrative contact: Andrea Sala
Tel.: +39 3339140626
E-mail
C.R.E.A.T.E. CONSORZIO DI RICERCA PER L'ENERGIA E LE APPLICAZIONI TECHNOLOGICHE DELL'ELETTROMAGNETISMO
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 941 800


VIA CLAUDIO
80125 NAPOLI
Italy
Administrative contact: Vincenzo Coccorese
Tel.: +39 0817683243
Fax: +39 0817683171
E-mail
CLUB ALPINO ITALIANO - C.A.I. ASSOCIAZIONE
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 74 000


VIA PETRELLA ERRICO
20124 MILANO
Italy
Administrative contact: Emanuela Pesenti
Tel.: +39 02205723205
Fax: +3902205723201
E-mail
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 1 110 201


DRIENERLOLAAN
7522 NB ENSCHEDE
Netherlands
Administrative contact: B.J. Pals
Tel.: +31 53 489 3702
E-mail
LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 1 025 380


CAMPUS VALLA
581 83 LINKOPING
Sweden
Administrative contact: Patrick Doherty
Tel.: +46 13282426
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II.
Participation ended
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 0


Corso Umberto I
80138 NAPOLI
Italy
Administrative contact: Cinzia Cannizzaro
Tel.: +390817683830
E-mail
Record Number: 106964 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01