Devin Ostrom

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We have been working to augment trained search and rescue canines with technological components to allow them to be monitored and controlled from greater distances in rubble caused by a disaster. Such rubble often precludes close interaction between a dog and its handler. In this paper we report the results of a set of trials involving augmented canines(More)
One of the goals of rescue robotics has been to allow machines to sense and act where people cannot go. Deployed with various sensors and under the guidance of trained operators these systems have shown great potential for finding victims in rubble. However, the current state of mobility of all deployed rescue robots is such that they can only be employed(More)
This paper presents the work on Drop and EXplore (DEX), a small rescue robot to be used in Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) operations. Unlike other rescue robots, DEX was designed to be used in tandem with trained USAR canines. The development of DEX was part of a new concept called Canine Assisted Robot Deployment (CARD). CARD utilizes search canines to(More)
In Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) operations the search for survivors must occur before rescue operations can proceed. Two methods that can be used to search in rubble are trained search dogs and specialized response robots (sometimes called rescue robots). Rescue robots are used to collect information about trapped people within a disaster like a collapsed(More)
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