2018 Hurricane Season

$735 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 30 months

The Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue is now a nonprofit. Last year our members donated over 1,200 hours and 14 different types of small UAS and UMVs to assist Fort Bend County, Texas, before, during, and after Harvey. We then went to assist Florida with Irma and Puerto Rico with Maria. With no pay. We gladly volunteer and will continue to do so. But we do need money to cover insurance and travel so that we can get emergency management professionals the technology that they need and the expertise to use it when they need it.




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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 30 months
Created December 8, 2015
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Anonymous
27 months ago
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Donna Turner
29 months ago

Keep up the great work Robin!

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Mark Schreiner
30 months ago

Good luck!

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Anonymous
30 months ago
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Panagiotis Papadakis
30 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
30 months ago

Go EMILY !!!

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30 months ago
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