Long-Term Human-Robot Teaming for Robot-Assisted Disaster Response


TRADR is an EU-funded 4-year Integrated Project in the FP7. Using a proven-in-practice user-centric design methodology, TRADR develops technology for human-robot teams to assist in disaster response efforts, over multiple missions. The novel challenge is how to make experience persistent. In the TRADR scenario, various kinds of robots collaborate with human team members to explore the environment and gather physical samples. Throughout this collaborative effort,

To realise its main concept, TRADR formulates three scientific objectives.

  1. Persistent environment model: Develop S&T for the gradual construction of models of dynamic environments, fusing multi-modal observations from different kinds of robots, possibly operating asynchronously across multiple sorties during a mission.
  2. Persistent models for multi-robot acting: Develop S&T for the gradual adaptation and grounding of individual- and multi-robot task-level planning and execution within and across sorties, to reflect experience with operating in the disaster area.
  3. Persistent models for human-robot teaming: Develop S&T for the gradual adaptation of an individual robot’s social skills to reflect experience with collaborating within a human-robot team.

The TRADR use cases involve response to a medium to large scale industrial accident by teams consisting of human rescuers and several robots (both ground and airborne). TRADR missions will ultimately stretch over several days in increasingly dynamic environments.

Funded by:European Union
Project Manager:Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová (Ivana.Kruijff-Korbayova@dfki.de)
Contact:Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová (Ivana.Kruijff-Korbayova@dfki.de)
Duration: 01.11.2013 - 31.12.2017
Partners:NetherlandsDelft University of Technology,
GermanyFraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung,
SwedenCentre for Autonomous Systems, Kungl Tekniska Högskolan (KTH),
SwitzerlandEidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich,
Czech RepublicCeske Vysoke Uceni Technicke v Praze,
ItalyUniversita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza,
GermanyAscending Technologies GmbH,
GermanyStadt Dortmund, Institut für Feuerwehr- und Rettungstechnologie,
ItalyMinistero dell'interno, Corpo Nazionale Vigli del Fuoco,
NetherlandsOpenbaar Lichaam Gezamenlijke Brandweer