SIS/CMU Rescue Robot Team

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The SIS/CMU Rescue Robot team placed third in the RoboCup US Open held in New Orleans April 24-27. In rescue robot competitions operators sequestered in a remote room search for victims in a staged disaster environment using cameras and sensors onboard their robots. Although falling well behind the winning Korea Institute of Science and Technology team that set new scoring records for the Orange search and rescue arena, the SIS/CMU team ran neck and neck with internationally 4th ranked International University of Bremen team before succumbing 3.74 to 4.88 in the competition finals. In earlier trials new MSIS graduate, Jeff Gennari, found more victims than any team other than the Koreans. Jeff was also the primary author of the user interface that allowed SIS/CMU operators to seek and find victims without expensive sensors such as laser rangefinders and custom hardware used by other teams. SIS Ph.D. student, Jumpol Polvichai, and graduate, Joe Manojlovich, helped develop the software used on the robots. In related work, SIS Ph.D. student, Jijun Wang, has written a high fidelity simulation of the NIST search and rescue arenas that is under consideration for adoption as a related competition simulation. This work is being conducted under the direction of SIS associate professor Mike Lewis and Katia Sycara and Illab Nourbakhsh of Carnegie Mellon University.