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Mobile Robots with Novel Environmental Sensors for Inspection of Disaster Sites with Low Visibility

Objectif

SmokeBot is driven by the application needs for robots that operate in domains with restricted visibility. The focus is on civil robots supporting fire brigades in search and rescue missions, e.g. in post-disaster management operations in response to tunnel fires. Existing sensor technology and the related cognitive approaches cannot cope with such demanding conditions. SmokeBot addresses this shortcoming and can thus bring about a step change for robotics. It will deliver software and hardware components which facilitate robot systems to perform under harsh conditions of smoke, dust or fog. This will be demonstrated through integration of the project results in an industrial prototype of a Low Visibility Explorer Robot for providing situational awareness based on a commercial platform from partner TAUR. In close collaboration with TAUR (robotics industry) and end users (FDDO, end users in the advisory group), SmokeBot will crucially improve the abilities of the selected platform, thus increasing safety of rescue staff and European citizens as well as improving the product of a European robotics company in an important market. An even wider impact is expected through the development of a novel sensor unit and the corresponding cognitive approaches. In addition to traditional sensors such as LIDAR and cameras, which are affected by smoke or dust, this sensing unit includes also a novel 3D radar camera, a thermal camera, and high-bandwidth gas sensors. Fusion of sensor modalities will allow the inclusion of measurements from LIDAR and camera into the world model when they occasionally penetrate through e.g. smoke. In addition, we will develop the means to integrate prior knowledge in the form of crude human sketch maps to allow for robust mapping and navigation even under low visibility in a harsh environment. Sensor technology from SmokeBot will result in new products to be brought to market after the project. Software developed will be made available as open source.

Appel à propositions

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Régime de financement

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinateur

OREBRO UNIVERSITY
Adresse
Fakultetsgatan 1
70182 Orebro
Suède
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contribution de l’UE
€ 1 260 660

Participants (5)

GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Allemagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 685 640
Adresse
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Allemagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 771 240
Adresse
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Type d’activité
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
Contribution de l’UE
€ 546 127,50
Adresse
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TAUROB GMBH
Autriche
Contribution de l’UE
€ 512 500
Adresse
Perfektastrasse 57/7
1230 Wien
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STADT DORTMUND
Allemagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 41 250
Adresse
Friedensplatz 1
44122 Dortmund
Type d’activité
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)