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NIFTi is about human-robot cooperation. About teams of robots and humans doing tasks together, interacting together to try and reach a shared goal. NIFTi looks at how the robot could bear the human in mind. Literally. When determining what to do or say next in human-robot interaction; when, and how. NIFTi puts the human factor into cognitive robots, and human-robot team interaction in particular.   Each year, NIFTi evaluates its systems together with several USAR organizations. Rescue personnel teams up with NIFTi robots to carry out realistic missions, in real-life training areas. 
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NIFTi in the Horizon Magazine

An article about robotics and urban search and rescue, prominently featuring NIFTi and its follow-up, TRADR, has been published in the Horizon Magazine.

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NIFTi at the European Robotics Forum 2014

ERF 2014 was held in Rovereto, Italy, and NIFTi was there!

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Excellent final review

Excellent final review

The NIFTi project has concluded with a review meeting held in Prato, Italy.

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NIFTi on Czech Media

NIFTi on Czech Media

The NIFTi project was recently featured on two programs on Czech media.

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Rescue Robotics Camp 2013, Oct 21-23, Linköping

NIFTi is co-organizing the SSRR Rescue Camp which will be collocated with the IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics.

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NIFTi at InnoRobo 2013

NIFTi at InnoRobo 2013

NIFTi was present at the recent InnoRobo trade fair in Lyon, France. InnoRobo is an annual trade fair, where industry and academic efforts in robotics meet and present their latest results. At this year's InnoRobo, NIFTi demonstrated its recent work on human-robot teaming in robot-assisted disaster response.

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NIFTi in IEEE Spectrum

NIFTi in IEEE Spectrum

The IEEE Spectrum magazine recently published an article about NIFTi, entitled "Robot to human: Trust me." The article appeared in print, and online.

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NIFTi Year 3 summary available

NIFTi Year 3 summary available

A 4-page summary of the progress NIFTi made in its Year 3 is now available for download, as PDF.

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NIFTi on Swiss Radio

NIFTi on Swiss Radio

An interview and documentary-like description of the NIFTi deployment in Northern Italy, Summer 2012 recently aired at Swiss Radio. For the article and the audio, see here: [ http://www.srf.ch/wissen/technik/roboter-im-notfalleinsatz ]

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NIFTi goes around the globe

NIFTi goes around the globe

Busy times: We are presenting our project results, and our experience from the recent deployment in Mirandola (July 2012), all over the world: An invited talk and several presentations at IEEE SSRR 2012, an invited talk at UT Austin, and a keynote speech at RobMech 2012 in South Africa.

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The next scenario: Train accident

The next scenario: Train accident

This year, NIFTi develops its systems further, in the context of a train accident use case. This use case extends the tunnel accident by providing a larger area, with more complex (3D) obstacles and structures to traverse, and a possibility to deploy a human acting as in-field observer to provide feedback to the remote command-post "from the ground."

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EU RAPID Memo about NIFTi deployment

EU RAPID Memo about NIFTi deployment

The EU has issued a press release about the recent NIFTi efforts in Mirandola, Italy.

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Paper about NIFTi at Field & Service Robotics (FSR) 2012

Paper about NIFTi at Field & Service Robotics (FSR) 2012

If you would like to have more details on the kinds of systems NIFTi develops, how we develop them, and how we evaluate them, have a look at this paper which recently appeared at the 8th Int. Conf. on Field & Service Robotics in Sendai/Matsushima, Japan.

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Experience report of Mirandola deployment

Experience report of Mirandola deployment

What follows is an informal experience report of our deployment in earthquake-hit Mirandola, Emilia-Romagna region, Italy.

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Official press release of Vigili del Fuoco

Official press release of Vigili del Fuoco

Utilizzati, per la prima volta in Europa, dei robot controllati a distanza per effettuare rilievi tridimensionali nelle zone a rischio crollo. L'esperimento è stato effettuato, con un'operazione congiunta Vigili del Fuoco - Università “La Sapienza”, a Mirandola dal 24 al 27 luglio nell'ambito del progetto europeo "NIFTi - Natural human-robot cooperation in dynamic environments".

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Official press release of DFKI (English)

Official press release of DFKI (English)

On May 20 2012, the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy was hit by a sequence of earthquakes. This was followed up by a further earthquake on May 29, and aftershocks on June 3 and 6. The earthquakes and shocks caused major damage, in a region known for its rich and long cultural heritage. From Tuesday July 24, until Friday July 27, the EU-funded project NIFTi successfully deployed a team of humans and robots in Mirandola, Emilia-Romagna. The team deployed upon request from the Vigili del Fuoco, the Italian national rescue organization in charge of disaster response and recovery. The team was co-led by DFKI (Saarbrücken) and the University La Sapienza (Rome). The goal was to aid the Vigili del Fuoco and the Beni Culturali (Ministry of Culture) in assessing damage to various churches.

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Official press release of La Sapienza

The University of Rome La Sapienza has issued an official press release regarding the NIFTi deployment in Mirandola last week.

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Photo album of Mirandola mission on Facebook

Photo album of Mirandola mission on Facebook

A first selection of photos from our deployment to earthquake-hit Mirandola in Emilia-Romagna, Italy is now available as a Facebook album.

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NIFTi returns from earthquake deployment in Italy

NIFTi returns from earthquake deployment in Italy

This week, NIFTi deployed two UGVs and two UAVs to help the Vigili del Fuoco in assessing damage to cultural heritage in Mirandola, Italy. Mirandola is in the Emilia-Romagna region, which was hit hard earlier this year by several earthquakes.

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NIFTi deliverables & results overview

NIFTi deliverables & results overview

All the PUBLIC deliverables for Year 2 have been uploaded to the NIFTi website.

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