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In Episode 4, RNTV highlights the use of robotics in disaster and emergency response situations. Zoz flies to South Korea where he is “saved” from drowning by a robotic “lifeguard.” Amy travels to her home state of Tennessee, where Northrup Grumman’s Remotec Division designs and manufactures hazardous duty robots for first responders. Christine speaks with Dr. Robin Murphy of Texas A&M’s Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) about “disaster robotics.”  Zoz concludes this episode with a recap of the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge, where the focus was on disaster and emergency response scenarios.

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E.M.I.L.Y.

Introducing EMILY, the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard. This 4-foot long remote controlled buoy can cruise through rip-currents and swift water at speeds up to 22 mph to reach distressed swimmers faster than human lifeguards. EMILY also has mission applications for supporting swift water rescue teams in flash flood incidents. In the maritime environment, EMILY is a valuable device on cruise ships, commercial shipping, oil rig operations and in pier or dock locations. Visit www.emilyrobot.com.

Remotec

Northrop Grumman Remotec was founded in 1980 to provide remote handling consultation to the nuclear industry, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Through experience gained by supporting the nuclear industry, Northrop Grumman Remotec identified the opportunity to expand and apply our core competencies to meet robotic requirements outside of the nuclear field. This led to the purchase of Andros™ technology in 1986.  Since acquiring the Andros technology, Northrop Grumman Remotec has remained the industry leader in hazardous duty robotics by continually improving this technology to meet the ever-changing challenges our customers must respond to. The result is the rugged, highly reliable, proven technology demonstrated by the current Andros line offering the best combination of performance and value in the market. Visit Northrup Grumman Remotec

CRASAR

CRASAR is a Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station center whose mission is to improve disaster preparedness, prevention, response, and recovery through the development and adoption of robots and related technologies. Its goal is to create a “community of practice” throughout the world for rescue robots that motivates fundamental research, supports technology transfer, and educates students, response professionals, and the public. CRASAR is a dynamic mix of university researchers, industry, and responders. Visit CRASAR.

DARPA Robotics Challenge

Launched in response to a humanitarian need that became glaringly clear during the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan, in 2011, the DARPA Robotics Challenge consisted of three increasingly demanding competitions over two years. The goal was to accelerate progress in robotics and hasten the day when robots have sufficient dexterity and robustness to enter areas too dangerous for humans and mitigate the impacts of natural or man-made disasters. The DRC Finals competition held in June 2015, challenged participating robotics teams and their robots to complete a difficult course of eight tasks relevant to disaster response, among them driving alone, walking through rubble, tripping circuit breakers, turning valves and climbing stairs. A dozen teams from the United States and another eleven from Japan, Germany, Italy, Republic of Korea and Hong Kong competed in the outdoor competition. Visit DARPA Robotics Challenge 2015