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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    Abstract

    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: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Centre for Robotics and Automation > Mobile Machine and Vision Laboratory
    Identification Number: 10.1163/016918610X538507
    Depositing User: Jacques Penders
    Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2011 11:40
    Last Modified: 06 Jun 2011 11:40
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3600

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