IARP / EURON 2008 Workshop on Robotics for Risky Interventions and Surveillance of the Environment
International Workshop on Robotics
for Risky Interventions
and Surveillance of the Environment
07-08 January 2008
Benicàssim – SPAIN
Mobile Robotics Systems are beginning to emerge in applications related to security and environmental surveillance: prevention of disasters, intervention during disasters and a wide variety of other tasks designed to ensure the safety of the human beings. Good examples are the well known EOD and IEDD missions already entrusted to military services in charge of the localization, neutralization and/or removal of explosive devices: humanitarian de-mining campaigns and intervention/inspection by terroristic threats are typical examples of missions that may be conducted with the support of mobile robots.
Through this second workshop, the IARP working group RISE (Risky Interventions and Surveillance of the Environment) intended to particularly focus on Robotics Assistance of Fire-Fighting Services.
This Workshop was sponsored by the IARP partners Spain and Belgium, and co-sponsored by Austria and France as well as by the EURON Network.
The IARP/EURON Rise08 workshop brings together three streams of robotics research. Rise: Risky Intervention and Environmental Surveillance is a special interest group of IARP. This edition will focus on the developments of two European projects: GUARDIANS and VIEW-FINDER.
GUARDIANS is an EU-FP6 project, with the main aim of developing a swarm of robots for searching an industrial warehouse full of smoke. The swarm may search autonomously but will also assist human fire fighters.
The VIEW-FINDER project uses teleoperated robots to explore a crisis ground. The project develops a crisis management system as well as a base station from which the robots are controlled and where the information forwarded by the robots is collected and made accessible for human interpretation.
The major aim of the workshop is to disseminate the first results of the GUARDIANS and VIEW-FINDER projects –both projects are in their first year– and to compare and discuss the chosen directions with approaches of peers working in similar fields.
Below are the abstracts of the talks and papers. Roughly half of the papers are from the GUARDIANS and VIEW-FINDER consortia, meaning that we have been able to match these papers with papers from third parties. In our view the program provides an excellent opportunity for critical but hopefully enjoyable discussions.
Jacques Penders, Coordinator of GUARDIANS and VIEW-FINDER
Yvan Baudoin, Chairman of the IARP Working Group RISE
Enric Cervera, Associate Professor (UJI)
Raúl Marín, Associate Professor (UJI)