A human body searching strategy using a cable-driven robot with an electromagnetic wave direction finder at major disasters

Fumiaki Takemura, Masaya Enomoto, Kazuya Denou, Kemalettin Erbatur, Ulrike Zwiers, Satoshi Tadokoro

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Abstract

At large-scale urban earthquake disasters, human search and information collection are the most important processes in rescue activities. This research develops a parallel cable-driven robot focusing on information acquisition from above at structures crushed by landslides caused by huge earthquakes. The tip of each cable of this robot is attached to a comparatively strong structure and this robot, mounted with several sensors, is driven by multiple cables. This paper proposes the human search system. Recently, a lot of people have acquired cell phones or other mobile devices. Our proposed search system is designed to identify the position of a human body using this robot with an electromagnetic wave direction finder (ESPAR antenna). This paper illustrates the usefulness of the human body searching strategy through several experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-347
Number of pages17
JournalAdvanced Robotics
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cable-driven robot
  • Cell phones
  • Electric wave direction finder
  • Human search
  • Rescue robot

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications

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