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Press Release 03-091

Search-and-Rescue Robots Practice Emergency Response to Simulated Earthquake

Researchers see how robots respond in real-world rescue operations with FEMA's Indiana Task Force 1

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Researchers decontaminate robot.

After completing a rescue scenario inside the collapsed library, researchers wash and decontaminate the robot of any potentially hazardous materials. The NSF exercise was designed to demonstrate such essential and practical matters that affect a search-and-rescue robot's design.

Credit: CRASAR, University of South Florida


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Robin Murphy briefs researchers.

CRASAR's Robin Murphy (right) briefs researchers participating in the NSF-supported search-and-rescue exercise at the site of the partially collapsed former town library in Lebanon, Indiana.

Credit: CRASAR, University of South Florida


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Researchers watch as an Indiana Task Force member enters the partially collapsed building.

Researchers watch as an Indiana Task Force member enters the partially collapsed building.

Credit: CRASAR, University of South Florida


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Sam Stover briefs researchers for search-and-rescue exercise.

Inside the collapsed library, Sam Stover (foreground) briefs researchers participating in the NSF-supported search-and-rescue exercise.

Credit: CRASAR, University of South Florida


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