Acronym RAPOSA
Name Robot Semi-Autónomo para Operações de Salvamento
Dates 2003-03|2005-02

This project aims at building a robot for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations, designed to operate in outdoors hazardous environments, such as debris resulting from structure collapses. At this stage, the robot will be equipped for search operations only, defined as the tele-operated detection of victims, using specific sensors, whose information is transmitted to the remote operator. The robot will be semi-autonomous, i.e., it will be tele-operated from a remote station but will simultaneously display the capacity to carry out short tasks autonomously. The robot will execute commands sent by a team of SAR experts, located in a safe place. During task execution, the robot will relay the information from different sensors to the remote command station, so as to provide the human team with relevant information on its surrounding environment (terrain conditions, temperature, dangerous gases, water or heat sources, either from human victims or not). The robot will be a small size, low weight, robust to collisions, dust and water infiltration vehicle.

Research Groups Intelligent Robots and Systems Group (IRSg)
Project Partners Perceptual Robotics Laboratory of University of South Florida (USA), IdMind, Regimento de Sapadores Bombeiros de Lisboa (Lisbon Fire Department)
ISR/IST Responsible
Pedro Lima
Isabel Ribeiro
[1] Joao Cristovao, Carlos Marques, João Frazão, Pedro Lima, Isabel Ribeiro, "RAPOSA Project – Second Milestone Report", ISR Technical Report, 2004
[2] Joao Cristovao, Carlos Marques, João Frazão, Pedro Lima, Isabel Ribeiro, "RAPOSA Project – Third and Fourth Milestones Report", ISR Technical Report, 2004