The project, which goes under the name of Guardians, will last three years and has a budget of 2,715,000 euros. In addition to the Universitat Jaume I team, universities and companies from Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Portugal and Turkey will work on the project.
“Guardians are a swarm of autonomous robots applied to navigate and search in potentially dangerous urban ground”, researchers explain. This may be a building full of smoke or an industrial warehouse where toxic substances have been released. Under these circumstances, where the risks firefighters face on entering the building are unknown, the guardian robots will act as a reconnaissance party capable of collecting data and forwarding them to a control station. With this information, firefighters will be able to assess potential danger and decide on the best strategy to be followed to tackle the problem.
To this end, robots will be equipped not only with cameras and microphones, but also with sophisticated sensors that can measure the chemical composition of the environment in order to detect the presence of dangerous chemical substances.
“Guardians will be applied to dangerous situations. For example, if an accident takes place inside a chemical plant or a company working with dangerous materials in such a way that there is a risk of intoxication or explosion, robots – instead of two or three people – can initially be sent in to measure air, temperature and other factors that may indicate how safe the conditions are”, explains Enric Cervera, coordinator of the UJI team.
The Guardians project has a markedly practical aim. For this reason the consortium is made up of robotics companies and a British fire and rescue service as well as the universities.
The project’s central example is an industrial warehouse in smoke where toxics may be released and human senses can be severely impaired. In this situation, in addition to the risk of intoxication, people can get disoriented and lost. The robots will warn of toxic chemicals, provide and maintain mobile communication links, infer information on location and assist in searching. “In this way, the robots will enhance operational safety and speed and thus indirectly save lives”, researchers conclude.
Hugo Cerdà | alfa
Organic-inorganic heterostructures with programmable electronic properties
30.03.2017 | Technische Universität Dresden
Researchers use light to remotely control curvature of plastics
23.03.2017 | North Carolina State University
The Institute of Semiconductor Technology and the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, both members of the Laboratory for Emerging Nanometrology (LENA), at Technische Universität Braunschweig are partners in a new European research project entitled ChipScope, which aims to develop a completely new and extremely small optical microscope capable of observing the interior of living cells in real time. A consortium of 7 partners from 5 countries will tackle this issue with very ambitious objectives during a four-year research program.
To demonstrate the usefulness of this new scientific tool, at the end of the project the developed chip-sized microscope will be used to observe in real-time...
Astronomers from Bonn and Tautenburg in Thuringia (Germany) used the 100-m radio telescope at Effelsberg to observe several galaxy clusters. At the edges of these large accumulations of dark matter, stellar systems (galaxies), hot gas, and charged particles, they found magnetic fields that are exceptionally ordered over distances of many million light years. This makes them the most extended magnetic fields in the universe known so far.
The results will be published on March 22 in the journal „Astronomy & Astrophysics“.
Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound structures in the universe. With a typical extent of about 10 million light years, i.e. 100 times the...
Researchers at the Goethe University Frankfurt, together with partners from the University of Tübingen in Germany and Queen Mary University as well as Francis Crick Institute from London (UK) have developed a novel technology to decipher the secret ubiquitin code.
Ubiquitin is a small protein that can be linked to other cellular proteins, thereby controlling and modulating their functions. The attachment occurs in many...
In the eternal search for next generation high-efficiency solar cells and LEDs, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their partners are creating...
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are less stable. Now researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have, for the first time ever, produced a composite material combining silicon nanosheets and a polymer that is both UV-resistant and easy to process. This brings the scientists a significant step closer to industrial applications like flexible displays and photosensors.
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are...
20.03.2017 | Event News
14.03.2017 | Event News
07.03.2017 | Event News
30.03.2017 | Health and Medicine
30.03.2017 | Health and Medicine
30.03.2017 | Medical Engineering