Science

Programme "Scientific projects"

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Patras

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Patras

2011

This study focuses on the research aspects of autonomous robots, in order to deploy them for inspection purposes of collapsed buildings after catastrophic events, such as fire and earthquakes, where the presence of rescue teams is dangerous or impossible.

The designed snake-robot prototype can enter into these collapsed structures in an attempt to locate survivors. Such a snake-robot has advanced manoeuvrability attributes and can transmit video to a base station. Subsequently, a prototype quadrotor was designed, modeled and built for inspection of fire-fronts and provision of valuable information to ground personnel of fire departments. In addition to external areas, this quadrotor has some limited navigability and movability inside buildings as well, due to its advanced autonomy and the sensors it carries.

This study also included several cooperative algorithms between ground and aerial robot-systems to address the relevant requirements that arise quite intensely in such search and rescue applications.

Website created as a result of the project:

www.sar-robots.upatras.gr/ (in Greek)

Final report (in Greek)

PHOTO GALLERY

Coordinator:

Anthony Tzes, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Patras

Project Team:

Kostantinos Alexis, Post-doctoral Researcher, Autonomous Systems Lab, ETH ZΓΌrich

Kimon Valavanis, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Denver

Eleni Kelasidi, Doctoral Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Patras

Georgios Nikolakopoulos, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden

University Campus

26504 Rio Achaia

Tel.: +30 2610 99 64 20

Fax: +30 2610 99 17 20

www.ece.upatras.gr

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