Friends of CRASAR

$735 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 26 months

Friends of CRASAR is designed to help fund the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue in it's ongoing missions to Europe.  As May 9, 2017, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that "49,164 people have risked their lives to reach Europe by sea so far in 2017 and 1,344 are feared drowned so far in 2017."






Through your generous support, the donations of Roboticists Without Borders member Hydronalix, and a small grant from the National Science Foundation, we gave the Hellenic Coast Guard and Hellenic Red Cross two EMILYs in 2016 which they use constantly to assist in lifeguarding. Meanwhile, Texas A&M students (undergrads and grads) at College Station and Corpus Christi have been working on "smart" EMILY-- a point and go autonomous system. "regular" EMILY requires 1 lifeguard to drive, which means 1 lifeguard can't be assisting with high-risk victims. If the lifeguard can give EMILY directions and be confident that she will perform her task, then the lifeguard can send her to lower-risk victims freeing the lifeguard to help someone in immediate trouble.  Your support will help us return to Greece at the end of the summer with the completed smartEMILY for trials with the Hellenic Red Cross.

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We've been quietly working for the past year, which partial support from the National Science Foundation. Texas A&M students in two classes (Spring 2016, Spring 2017) have been working on "smart" EMILY to improve operations. Our goal is to allow a lifeguard to point EMILY to the right location to help lower-risk victims, then the lifeguard can focus on high-risk victims. The idea is to use a Fotokite tethered UAV as a spotter to allow the lifeguards to see the situation and to control the EMILY (or EMILYs ;-) We got great feedback from the Italian Coast Guard on the concept and Jan Dufek has won a best paper and a best poster prize for his work on the UAV. We do know that the Hellenic Coast Guard used EMILY to rescue 26 refugees trapped in high seas where the Coast Guard could not approach. We want to return to Greece with the fully tested system at the end of summer to get the experts' view.
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There's an article today in New Scientist on our Greek deployment http://tinyurl.com/crasar-NewScientist The title sounds like I did it all-but it was Tony, Fernando, John and Hydronaulix. So embarrassing when the media glitzes things up. Also you have to love the photograph where it appears that I am thinking about hitting someone with the dragonrunner if they don't adopt rescue robots now.
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We continue to work to improve EMILY-- through our academic classes in AI robotics and computer science capstone design with our "computing for disasters" projects.
AI robotics class sets up science EMILY
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Raised by 11 people in 26 months
Created December 8, 2015
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Anonymous
23 months ago
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Donna Turner
25 months ago

Keep up the great work Robin!

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Mark Schreiner
26 months ago

Good luck!

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Anonymous
26 months ago
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Panagiotis Papadakis
26 months ago

Best of luck. I hope you can really make a change. I can help to promote the fund raiser through my blog: vision-robotics.blogspot.fr

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Kamilo Melo
26 months ago

Go EMILY !!!

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26 months ago
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