The Motivation:

Every day, all around the world, responders approach known explosives and hazardous materials to make them safe. Significant opportunities exist to improve the utility of response robots through the application of Best-in-Class technologies developed within academia and that have been applied to other domains such as industrial automation. We will advance the state-of-the-art in this field by informing responders and government agencies as to the Best-in-Class capabilities across the field of robotics, helping students and budding entrepreneurs to identify viable gaps in capabilities for their research and possible commercialisation, and helping manufacturers identify capability gaps and those who may be able to help them to fill those gaps.

The History:

This event is the latest in a long line of highly successful response robotics education events:

  • 2004-2007, Rescue Robotics Camp hosted by the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and held at the Istituto Superiore Antincendi, Rome, Italy.
  • 2009-2010, Rescue Robotics Workshop hosted by Mahidol University and held in Pattaya, Thailand.
  • 2012, IEEE-RAS Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics Summer School hosted by Robolit LLC with the support of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics Technical Committee and held at the Drita Hotel, Alanya, Turkey.
  • 2013, Response Robotics Summer School hosted by the Curtin University Department of Computing in collaboration with the Western Australia Police Bomb Response Unit and held at the Western Australia Police Complex in Maylands, Australia.

It also draws inspiration from several related teaching events that focus on specific challenges in this field:

  • 2010-2012, Robot Operating System (ROS) Summer School hosted by the University of Koblenz-Landau in Koblenz, Germany, and the Technical University of Graz in Graz, Austria.
  • 2010, Rescue Robotics Camp hosted by Texas A&M University in College Station, USA.
  • 2013, Rescue Robotics Camp hosted by Linköping University in Linköping, Sweden.

These events are tightly coupled to the RoboCupRescue Robot League competitions, a league of international teams all working towards advancing the state of response robotics through collaborative competition. The RoboCupRescue Robot League was started in response to the 1995 Kobe earthquake. These teaching events, held several months after the competition, are a vital forum that allows teams to share the league’s Best-in-Class capabilities, network and form closer ties with the responder community. Alumni of the RoboCupRescue Robot League include the “Quince” robots that entered and surveyed the upper floors of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant buildings. These events form a vital part of the US National Institute of Standards and Technology’s DHS-NIST-ASTM International Standard Test Methods for Response Robots, an international project that links responders, researchers, manufacturers, test administrators and governments to advance the capabilities available to responders around the world. This project also works with other agencies to further the state-of-the-art. Most recently, the DHS-NIST-ASTM International Standard Test Methods for Response Robots project played an instrumental role in designing the tasks for the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials 2013.

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