A search and rescue robot

Sam Herbert, Nathaniel Bird, Andrew Drenner, Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos

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In order to increase the effectiveness of robotic systems, the robots must be able to negotiate a variety of terrains. In urban environments this task becomes challenging as environments built for humans often have impediments such as stairs and thresholds which may be difficult or impossible for wheeled or tracked vehicles to go over. This is further complicated in search and rescue scenarios where debris and rubble from collapsed structures may further complicate the environment. In order to address these limitations a novel robotic platform, the Loper, has been developed. The Loper utilizes a Tri-lobe wheel and a compliant chassis in order to traverse difficult terrain. In addition, multiple gait configurations of the Tri-lobe wheel enable the Loper to overcome a variety of obstacles, both indoors and out.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5152223
Pages (from-to)1585-1586
Number of pages2
JournalProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA '09 - Kobe, Japan
Duration: May 12 2009May 17 2009

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Funding Information:
V. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This work has been supported in part by the National Science Foundation through grants #IIS-0219863, #CNS-0224363, #CNS-0324864, #CNS-0420836, #IIP-0443945, #IIP-0726109, and #CNS-0708344.

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© 2009 IEEE


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