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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 achieves "Excellent" with "exceeding expectations" at Year 2 Review

The NIFTi consortium recently presented its latest results in science & technology for human-robot collaboration in USAR, at the Year 2 review. The review was hosted by the Istituto Superiore Antincendi in Rome (Italy), and the Scuola di Formazione Operativa at Montelibretti (Italy).

The NIFTi consortium recently organized its Year 2 review. The review took two days. At the first day, NIFTi presented its scientific results to the reviewers: Dr. Robin Murphy, Dr. Candy Sidner, and Dr. Jan-Olof Eklundh. This first day took place at the Istituto Superiore Antincendi in Rome (Italy). Besides presentations on human-assisted exploration, the day included a demonstration by the Vigili del Fuoco's CBNR unit, (and sunshine). 

The second day was held at the Scuola di Formazione Operativa at Montelibretti (Italy). NIFTi demonstrated its complete system for human-robot collaboration in human-assisted exploration of a disaster site (the by now well-known tunnel accident use case), as well as the NIFTi UGV with the new robot arm, the new design of the UAV, and different functionalities such as fast ICP 3D mapping and traversing harsh terrain. 

The reviewers awarded NIFTi with the "Excellent" predicate, and the additional note that the results were "exceeding expectations." Besides the progress in science & technology, also the close integration of end users into the entire development and evaluation process was highly praised. 

 

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