AI News, Emergency Response Teams Combine Mobile Robots, Drones, and Dogs

Emergency Response Teams Combine Mobile Robots, Drones, and Dogs

No matter how much time and energy and money we put into a robot, it's going to be a very very very long time before we come up with anything that's anywhere close to as capable as a dog.

From a robotics perspective, dogs are utterly amazing: they're fast, efficient, able to cover all sorts of terrain, can understand both verbal and gestural commands, and they run on dog food.

The Smart Emergency Response System (SERS) is trying to make this work, using a combination of 'ground and aerial autonomous vehicles, drones, humanoids, human-operated telerobots, and trained search-and-rescue dogs equipped with real-time sensors' to save as many lives as possible in an emergency.

The idea of having dogs work closely with robots is an interesting one: dogs have successfully carried and deployed snake robots by themselves, and we're curious to see how far this level of interaction can be extended.

Dogs, Technology and the Future of Disaster Response

Imagine a team of humans, dogs, robots and drones swooping onto the scene in the aftermath of a disaster and working together to find and rescue anyone trapped in collapsed buildings.

Roberts and Bozkurt have developed a high-tech harness equipped with sensors and other devices that will both make the dogs more effective at collecting information and incorporate the dogs into the larger network of a coordinated disaster response.

“And of course, all of the tech is supplemented by training for the dogs and their handlers.” “We’re not trying to replace dog handlers – we’re trying to open the door to new possibilities,” says Roberts, who is also an experienced amateur dog trainer.

The dogs will be equipped with passive environmental monitoring devices – such as microphones, cameras and gas sensors – that allow the dogs to retrieve and transmit data from the field in real time.

These sensors will allow both dog handlers and the emergency response command center to remotely track a dog’s well-being and to determine if  the animal has picked up a scent or found a specific object or area of interest.

However, they think the more reliable remote communication will come via “tactile inputs” – they’re training dogs to respond to gentle “nudges” that come from within the electronic harness itself.

Emergency Response Teams Combine Mobile Robots, Drones, and Dogs

From a robotics perspective, dogs are utterly amazing: they’re fast, efficient, able to cover all sorts of terrain, can understand both verbal and gestural commands, and they run on dog food. Dogs do have some limitations: they can’t move rubble, and they’re not that great at flying, either.

The Smart Emergency Response System (SERS) is trying to make this work, using a combination of “ground and aerial autonomous vehicles, drones, humanoids, human-operated telerobots, and trained search-and-rescue dogs equipped with real-time sensors”

The idea of having dogs work closely with robots is an interesting one: dogs have successfully carried and deployed snake robots by themselves, and we’re curious to see how far this level of interaction can be extended.

Canine 2.0: Dogs in High-Tech Gear Could Aid Search-and-Rescue Efforts

High-tech-equipped dogs could be deployed as a fleet of roving sensors in a disaster zone to locate victims quickly and easily while relaying data about environmental hazards and other information in real time, scientists say.

"We have developed techniques and technological platforms to improve the efficiency of search-and-rescue dog training and to augment the current capabilities of search-and-rescue dogs in the field,"

Bozkurt and Roberts are part of a multi-institutional team that developed the Smart Emergency Response System (SERS), a coordinated group of humans, dogs, robots and drones that work together to find and save people during an emergency.

The vests also include sensors that can monitor the dog's behavior and physiology, such as a heart-rate monitor, to track the dog's health or determine if the dog found a scent or object of interest.

The harness technology will be especially useful for times when search-and-rescue dogs are sent off-leash to explore larger areas or to climb rubble piles away from their handlers, the researchers said.

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