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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 news

In early January, NIFTi organized a week-long field trial with end users at the training area of the Dortmund Firebrigade (FDDO). In the trials, firemen experimented with several robot systems to explore a tunnel accident. FDDO organized a press conference to help showcase the project.

In early January, NIFTi organized a week-long field trial with end users at the training area of the Dortmund Firebrigade (FDDO). In the trials, firemen experimented with several robot systems to explore a disaster. The purpose of these field trials were to gain a better insight in the way humans and robots might be able to work together when exploring a disaster area, focusing first of all on "remote" interaction (i.e. the humans are outside the hotzone). The setting of the field trials was the tunnel accident use case, with a setup for human-guided exploration (limited autonomy). 

Towards the end of the field trials, FDDO organized a press conference to help showcase the project. As a result, NIFTi made an appearance in several printed and online media, as well as on television. 

Project leaflet for the press, in German: [ PDF

Article in the Dortmunder Zeitung (January 14 2011): [ PDF

Online article in the RuhrNachrichten: [ WWW ]

Online photo gallery in the RuhrNachrichten: [ WWW

Online article on the Stadt Dortmund website: [ WWW

Reportage in the WDR Lokalzeit television show: [ WWW

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