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Rescue robotics is gaining increasing attention as an application of human assistance machines. Robots (or unmanned ground vehicles) for searching victims in disaster sites require a high level of reliability and robustness. This paper proposes a mobile vision system able to search for victims using integration of video and thermal camera inputs. A time efficient scanning strategy is designed for the pan-tilt camera head with a biologically inspired robust search mechanism to improve the performance of the overall system. Results show success of the proposed methodology in enhancing robustness in autonomous survivor detection.
Date of Conference: 26-30 July 2010