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SMart rObOTs for fire-figHting

Objective

Over the years, changes in modern infrastructure have introduced new challenges to firefighting practices. Training and research programs have been developed to manage these challenges but there are still significant losses from fires each year. In 2013 alone, the fire departments in the USA responded to over 1.2 million fires which resulted in about 3,420 civilian fatalities, 15,925 injuries and property losses of about $12.4 billion dollars. In the UK, 192,600 fires responses, approximately 350 civilian fatalities, 10,300 injuries. The firefighting and rescue functions of the existing equipment and apparatus and their dexterity are limited, particularly in the harsh firefighting environments. The SMOOTH project aims to propose a novel robot-assisted decision making system in smart firefighting to perform searching and rescuing practice in the fire ground, and to facilitate the decision makings with higher efficiency.

In the proposed system, a dexterous group of autonomous robots will be ingested, including an Octopus robot developed by SJTU with dexterous robotic upper body developed (with functions of high payload, forcible entry, excavation, obstacle avoidance and sweeping), a group of jumping robots invented by BU and YSU (with functions of obstacle avoidance) and a swarm of capsule systems invented by BU (with functions of precise positioning, narrow openings maneuveration and manipulation). A bunch of novel wearable and environmental sensors will be assembled and equipped on the robots and firefighter’s protection suits to facilitate the real-time machine-to-machine communications. A 3-D human-robot interactions infrastructure will be created to facilitate efficient interactions between human adaptive mechatronics and adaptive networked control. Based on these concepts, the consortium will investigate the needs and key technologies such as hybrid autonomous and miniaturized robotic modules, wireless sensor technologies, advanced decision support algorithms,

Coordinator

BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY
Net EU contribution
€ 189 000,00
Address
Fern Barrow Bournemouth University
BH12 5BB Poole
United Kingdom

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Region
South West (England) Dorset and Somerset Bournemouth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (4)

INSTITUTUL DE MECANICA SOLIDELOR
Romania
Net EU contribution
€ 189 000,00
Address
Strada Constantin Mille 15
010141 Bucuresti

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Region
Macroregiunea Trei Bucureşti-Ilfov Bucureşti
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ROBOTNIK AUTOMATION SLL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 45 000,00
Address
Carrer De Barcelona, 3-a. P.i. Fuente Del Jarro
46988 Paterna

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
STIMPEX SA
Romania
Net EU contribution
€ 45 000,00
Address
Sector 3 Str. Nicolae Teclu Nr 46-48
032368 Bucuresti

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Macroregiunea Trei Bucureşti-Ilfov Bucureşti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES SA
France
Net EU contribution
€ 45 000,00
Address
Chemin Du Vieux Chene 59
38240 Meylan

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes Isère
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (3)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

SHANGHAI JIAO TONG UNIVERSITY
China
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Huashan Road 1954
200030 Shanghai

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 117 000,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

INSTITUTE OF AUTOMATION CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Zhongguancun East Road Haidian 95
100080 Beijing

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 81 000,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

YANSHAN UNIVERSITY
China
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Hebei Avenue Hebei Province 438
066004 Qinhuangdao

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 198 000,00