Chris Chitty

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The Mechatronics Group of the University of Waikato have developed a fleet of five mobile robots capable of autonomous operation. These robots are constructed to traverse a variety of terrains including farms, forests, underwater and smooth indoor surfaces. MARVIN (Mobile Autonomous Robotic Vehicle for Indoor Navigation) is designed to act as a security(More)
Despite increased safety and improved technology in the mining industry, fatal disasters still occur. Robots have the potential to be an invaluable resource to search and rescue teams, but have demonstrated limited success. Of all robot deployments in underground mine disasters, 75% have failed. This necessitates advancement in the field in order to(More)
The acquisition and maintenance of essential psychomotor skills that are only required sporadically is a significant problem in medical training and practice. It is of particular relevance to anesthesiologists with regard to fibreoptic intubation, a technique that may be under-utilized despite its central role in the management of the difficult airway.(More)
Mining accidents claim hundreds and perhaps thousands of lives throughout the world every year. Despite rapid progress in the development of robotic systems, a robot has never been successful in saving a human life in a disaster situation. Factors that have contributed to the failure of deployed robotic systems include reliance on a tether, reliance on(More)
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