Expedients for Marsupial Operations of USAR Robots

This paper presents observations and suggestions for urban search and rescue (USAR) robot developers whose products may be involved in ad hoc marsupial operations at ground disaster sites. A marsupial operation can be defined as the delivery of robotic services through the explicit physical interaction of two or more robots employed cooperatively. These suggestions are presented from observations made at the second in a series of Response Robot Evaluation Exercises held by the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and various USAR teams, held at “Disaster City” at Texas A&M University.

IEEE International Workshop on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics (SSRR06, Gaithersburg, MD, USA August 22-24, 2006 (in press)