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Safety, Security, Rescue Research (SSR-RC)

University of Minnesota

University of Denver

University of North Carolina - Charlotte

University of Pennsylvania

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The center focuses on algorithms and technology for safety, security and rescue.

Center Mission and Rationale

This multi-university Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Safety, Security and Rescue Research brings together industry, academe, and public sector users together to provide integrative robotics and artificial intelligence solutions in robotics for activities conducted by the police, FBI, FEMA, firefighting, transportation safety, and emergency response to mass casuality-related activities. The need for safety, security, and rescue technologies has accelerated in the aftermath of 9/11 and a new research community has been formed. The Center's mission is evident in a joint project with the Department of Homeland Security for monitoring Mass Transit sites. The Center is built upon the knowledge and expertise of multi-disciplinary researchers in computer science, engineering, industrial organization, psychology, and public health.

Research program

Saving Lives and Strengthening the Nation.

Research activities within the center include: * Proactive Technologies: Airport security automation, biomimetic identification, port security, sensor and robot networks, CBRNE detection. * Emergency Response: Search, rescue, extrication, hazmat, incident command, medical interventions, rapid sampling, plume tracking, hazard monitoring, information technology. * Components: Platforms, sensors, control, communicartions, power, user interfaces, reachback and visualization of data. * Systems Integration: Software engineering methods, human-robot integration, distributed robot/sensor teams, metrics and standards, insertion of technology into workplace. * Training and Education: Integration and reduction of training, distance learning, simulations, and interactive training.

Special Activities

 

 

 

The Center organizes an annual Robotics/Tech Camp for middle-schoolers from underrepresented groups the third week in August. In 2014, more than 60 kids attended. The objective is to use the robots and algorithms developed as part of this Center's efforts to attract kids to science and engineering. The Center covers all the costs including transportation and lunch. The Scout robot (from the University of Minnesota that licensed the technology to ReconRobotics Inc.) has been deployed by the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan in order to save lives from improvised explosive devices.

Facilities and Laboratory

 

Description of the Center's facilities and equipment is available at http://www.ssrrc.dtc.umn.edu, http://distrob.cs.umn.edu, and http://mha.cs.umn.edu.

 

Locations

University of Minnesota

41-92 EE/CS Bldg
200 Union Street SE

Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55455

United States

University of Denver

2390 S. York Street

Denver, Colorado, 80208-1500

United States

(303) 871-2481

University of Pennsylvania

220 S. 33rd Street
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104

United States

(215)-898-3630

University of North Carolina - Charlotte

Dept. of Computer Science
Rm 205A, Woodward Hall

Charlotte, North Carolina, 28223

United States

(704) 687-8587