Abstract Unmanned systems of all types- land, sea, and air- have been used in 34 major disasters, starting with the 9/11 World Trade Center collapse. So why aren't they being used more frequently? What is slowing adoption is that robots are built to fit the military's information ecology, not Public Safety. This talk will provide an introduction to disaster robotics and their possibilities, but then shift to describing the tactical information ecology at a disaster. The talk will present an operational architecture for the data-to-decision process and use it to illustrate bottlenecks and opportunities for improvement. The talk will speculate on how the ecology may change- and creating new informatics possibilities- with the bottom-up the Bring Your Own Device movement and the top-down DHS FIRSTnet LTE network dedicated to emergency professionals. Extensive videos will be shown.
Biography Robin Roberson Murphy (IEEE Fellow) received a B.M.E. in mechanical engineering, a M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science in 1980, 1989, and 1992, respectively, from Georgia Tech, where she was a Rockwell International Doctoral Fellow. She is the Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M and directs the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue and an IEEE Fellow. Her research interests are artificial intelligence, human-robot interaction, and heterogeneous teams of robots and she has over 100 publications including the best selling textbook, Introduction to AI Robotics (MIT Press 2000). She is a founder of the fields of rescue robots and human-robot interaction. In 2008, she was awarded the Al Aube Outstanding Contributor award by the AUVSI Foundation, for her insertion of ground, air, and sea robots for urban search and rescue (US&R) at 11 disasters, including the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster, Hurricanes Katrina and Charley, and the Crandall Canyon Utah mine collapse. Since arriving at Texas A&M in 2008, she has been leading an initiative in emergency informatics, which stems in part from witnessing valuable data from robots not reaching the right decision maker. Dr. Murphy is active in the community, having served on the IEEE Robotics and Automation executive committees, numerous National Academies and defense boards, including the Defense Science Board.
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