GUARDIANS final report part 1 (draft): a robot swarm assisting a human fire fighter

PENDERS, Jacques, ALBOUL, L., WITKOWSKI, U., NAGHSH, A., SAEZ-PONS, J., HERBRECHTSMEIER, S. and EL-HABBAL, M. (2009). GUARDIANS final report part 1 (draft): a robot swarm assisting a human fire fighter. Project Report. Sheffield Hallam University. (Unpublished)


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Emergencies in industrial warehouses are a major concern for fire fighters. The large dimensions together with the development of dense smoke that drastically reduces visibility, represent major challenges. The Guardians robot swarm is designed to assist re ghters in searching a large warehouse. In this paper we discuss the technology developed for a swarm of robots assisting re ghters. We explain the swarming algorithms which provide the functionality by which the robots react to and follow humans while no communication is required. Next we discuss the wireless communication system, which is a so-called mobile ad-hoc network. The communication network provides also the means to locate the robots and humans. Thus the robot swarm is able to provide guidance information to the humans. Together with the fire fighters we explored how the robot swarm should feed information back to the human fire fighter. We have designed and experimented with interfaces for presenting swarm based information to human beings.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Centre for Automation and Robotics Research > Mobile Machine and Vision Laboratory
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2010 17:08
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 14:40

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