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News Video Alert - October 18, 2001

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At WTC Search, Graduate Students Deploy Shoebox-Sized Robots

Robot "babies" go where rescue workers and dogs cannot

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Credit: Robin Murphy, Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR)

Washington, DC--From Sept. 12-23, National Science Foundation-funded researchers aided World Trade Center recovery efforts. University of South Florida engineering professor Robin Murphy and three graduate students took six urban search-and-rescue robots to "ground zero" in New York to help find survivors. Murphy's 11-day mission was a part of a larger team that recovered the remains of six victims.

Murphy's robots are unique in that they are small and can maneuver in very tight situations. Tethered and fitted with headlights and cameras, these robots bring distinct advantages to a rescue mission the magnitude of the World Trade Center attacks where the damage is massive and recovery very dangerous.

Although the robots cost between $10,000 and $40,000, Murphy foresees search-and-rescue robots becoming standard equipment in fire departments across the country.




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