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Damage Control for the 21st Century: Shoulder-to-shoulder firefighting operations

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Published on Apr 2, 2012

Even in peacetime, fires represent one of the greatest risks to the U.S. Naval Fleet.

To this end, the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), with support from the Office of Naval Research, is conducting research and developing new technologies to enable shoulder-to-shoulder robotic damage control teammates.

The robot in this video is a research platform for testing software for cognitive robotics and human-robot interactions. The knowledge gained from this research will be applied to firefighting robots used on ships.

Through a combination of speech and visual recognition, the robot is able to identify trusted individuals, in this case, the human fire-fighting teammate.

The human is able to provide situational information to the robot by voice and gestural commands. Here, the human partner is telling Octavia the general location of the fire before she enters the compartment.

Using two infrared cameras, Octavia is able to localize the fire, allowing her to target it with the compressed air/water backpack.

Ongoing work is focused on improving the naturalness of the interactions so that the human partners can interact with the robot as if it were another human teammate. Additional work is focused on recognizing and characterizing the type and behavior of the fire so that proper extinguishing techniques can be used.

Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence
http://www.nrl.navy.mil/aic/.

Office of Naval Research
http://www.onr.navy.mil

For more NRL videos, visit http://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/videos/.

Video Credit: Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence

Comments • 38

Nick Maggio
Hmmmmmmm, most commentors completely missing what was said about this being an experiment in human-robot teamwork, and not an experiment in seeing how fast a robot can move...
Fafnir
Way too slow. Give the job to Boston dynamics, their Petman is way more impressive.
Gray Walker
The robot is staring into your soul... BTW, seriously, this project has potential, but need a lot more work. Too slow, inconvenient and meddlesome. At this stage, it'll only get in the way.
soloschreier
Soo expensive but so poor...
deltasworder1x
gotta make it faster. maybe have it as an air type water turret
yaelbj
This is a joke right? I bet people from the future 1,000 years ahead must be watching this video and laughing their ass off!! This is pathetic! A real fire is way bigger than that! 
Saalome84Blue
well, give it some machine gun & new terminator is almost there... everything can be misused...
gdog48001
Why wouldn't they just work on making better hand held extinguishers for people.. Until robotics can speed up a little and be more articulant, this is a waste. Will be replaced in a couple months.
superduperneverdie
its firefighter robot, but it takes like 10 minutes to go to the fire, so the fire would be spread all over the house befre the robot extinguish the fire
mariko333peace
guess it's much faster to ask for human fire fighter, haha :-D
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