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Oct. 17 Agenda: Session 1

Morning: UAVs and Robotics for Disaster Response

  • 9:00 am:    Welcome, Maryland Robotics Center Director SK Gupta
  • 9:10 am:   Introduction, Dean Darryll Pines
  • 9:15 am:   Keynote, Bradford Tousley, Director, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA, Presentation Title: “DARPA Disaster Response
  • 10:00 – 11:30:  Robotics/UAVs Demos, Kim Rotunda, and Lab Tours, Multiple Locations
    • Lab Tours:
      Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building
    • A.V. Williams Building
    • Engineering Annex Building
    • Robotics/UAVs Demonstrations in Kim Rotunda:
      • Miniature networked robots that one day could be deployed on bridges and other infrastructure to monitor for early signs of failure.
      • Unmanned aerial vehicles like our bio-inspired Robo Raven and quadrotors that can communicate with ground vehicles in emergencies. These robots could provide much needed, flexible aerial assistance in natural disasters.
      • Robotic fish that can swim in rivers, bays, lakes and oceans to detect the presence of algae blooms, pollutants, or rises in water temperature.
      • Tiny Terps, small robots with sensing capabilities that can work together to search through rubble after an earthquake and perform many other search and rescue tasks.
      • Animal-borne wireless networks, special collars outfitted with GPS and video that will help scientists better understand the behaviors and movements of endangered species.