The purpose of the response robot evaluation exercises (RREE) is to introduce emerging robotic capabilities to emergency responders while providing valuable feedback to robot developers. Hosted by Texas Task Force 1, on the grounds of Texas A&M University at “Disaster City”, the second RREE was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with the cooperation of various emergency responders from around the United States. While the scenarios were simulated the human-robot, human-human and robot-robot interactions were real and many lessons were learned from them.
Dr. Alex Ferworn of Ryerson N-CART and Constable Rob Manca of the OPP PERT were the only foreign nationals participating in the event.
The videos are provided to illustrate some of the rescue robots that are available.