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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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Field experiments at SFO Montelibretti (September 2010)

At the SFO in Montelibretti (Italy), we recently performed a large battery of field experiments. We built up a real-life tunnel accident, and then ran our robots and UAV to gather data for mapping, vision, human-robot interaction, and attention.

At the end of September 2010, we spent a week at the Scuola di Formazione Operativa (Montelibretti, Italy) to perform field experiments. The experiments were all set in a real-life tunnel accident, the use case we focus on in the first year of NIFTi. SFO had arranged we could use their training tunnel for the entire week, and supplied the necessary ingredients for setting up the use case: Cars, a truck, assorted pallets, pipes and barrels, and "naturally" about 15 victim dummies ranging from babies and juniors to adults. 

Sometimes, the use case was getting rather close to real life ... 

In this set up, we performed a wide variety of experiments to gather data for mapping, vision, human-robot interaction, and visual attention. Our goal was to gain a good insight in the domain, how real USAR experts deal with situations like these, and how well our approaches work so far. Thereby, we worked closely together with experts from CNVF, SFO, and the Fire Department of Dortmund. 

Our Facebook site has a photo album with a selection of pictures of the event. There are also several videos on our YouTube channel, showing UGVs and the UAV in action. 

We would like to thank the SFO and CNVF once more for their support in helping us to set up these experiments. 


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