Monday, June 3, 2013

UCSD Coordinated Robotics Lab develops new technologies for robotic fire surveillance

Update 06/06/13: Our firefighting robot has been getting quite a big of media attention in the past few days, including:


 IEEE Spectrum

Huffpost Tech, U.K.

Researchers in the UCSD Coordinated Robotics Lab have developed new image processing techniques for rapid exploration and characterization of structural fires by small Segway-like robotic vehicles.  
The robot's system takes the thermal data taken by the vehicle's small infrared camera and maps it onto a 3D scene constructed from the images taken by the vehicle's pair of stereo RGB cameras.  
This allows small mobile robotic vehicles to create an temperature-painted virtual reality that can be used immediately by first responders as the robot drives through a potentially smoky building with hot spots and people distributed within it. 
This new technology is described in the video below -- look in particular for the signature of the fingerprints in the lower-right corner at 1:21, as well as the explosive ending.


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