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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.

NIFTi Year 3 summary available

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NIFTi Year 3 Summary

In Year 3, NIFTi moved to full 3D environment models, fusing laser data and camera input. These 3D models are integrated in the multi- modal user interfaces, and are used by the UGV to perform 3D navigation. The human-robot team now includes an in-field rescuer, making stand-off observations of a Train Accident disaster site (new use case) and posting information back to the remote command post.

As in previous years, NIFTi performed extensive field experiments, studies, and end user evaluations. Also, NIFTi deployed a human-robot team including multiple UGVs and UAVs to aid the Vigili del Fuoco in structure damage assessment in the Emilia-Romagna region (Northern Italy), after the region had been hit by multiple earthquakes mid-2012. During that mission NIFTi successfully explored several buildings in Mirandola. 

A PDF of the 4-page summary is available for download here: [ PDF

 

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