A robot swarm assisting a human fire-fighter

PENDERS, Jacques, ALBOUL, Lyuba, WITKOWSKI, Ulf, NAGHSH, Amir, SAEZ-PONS, Joan, HERBRECHTSMEIER, Stefan and HABBAL, Mohamed El (2011). A robot swarm assisting a human fire-fighter. Advanced Robotics, 25 (1-2), 93-117.

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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 fire-fighters in searching a large warehouse. In this paper we discuss the technology developed for a swarm of robots assisting fire-fighters. We explain the swarming algorithms that 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: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Modelling Research Centre > Microsystems and Machine Vision Laboratory
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1163/016918610X538507
Page Range: 93-117
Depositing User: Jacques Penders
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2011 10:40
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 07:53
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3600

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