Category: ‘Workshops & Meetings’

Second TRADR Evaluation Exercise

14 September, 2015 Posted by tradr_admin

Teamwork between robots and firefighters during 2nd TRADR evaluation exercise in Dortmund


In September 2015 the 2nd TRADR Evaluation Exercise (TEval) was held in Dortmund, Germany, at an old industrial complex of a former blast furnace, in collaboration with Dortmund firefighters. The EU FP7 TRADR project develops technology for human-robot teams to assist in disaster response efforts, over multiple missions. Two types of robots – Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) – work together with human firefighters. The TRADR consortium consists of nine research partners and three end-user organizations from different European countries. TU Delft is responsible for human-robot teaming.

The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate how well the TRADR system is able to support firefighters in a disaster response mission. The exercise was part of an incremental research and development cycle through which the technology – robots capabilities as well as related infrastructure – is gradually maturing.

Compared to last year’s exercise, new aspects included:

  • A more integrated GUI for human operators (the GUI system was redeveloped from scratch to better fit in with the rest of the system).
  • Integrated audio communication for human team members (as opposed to WalkieTalkies).
  • Improved data persistence: data collected in previous sorties could be re-used.
  • More advanced robot capabilities, such as:
  • Autonomous mapping and localization (SLAM), where the maps could be reused at a later stage.
  • Autonomous driving of the UGV based on way-points indicated by an operator.
  • A robotic arm mounted on top of the UGV to manipulate objects in the field.
  • Automated victim detection.
  • More advanced visuals, including 3D point cloud maps and thermal cameras to detect heat sources.

In addition to testing the integrated system from a technical point of view, valuable feedback was collected from the firefighters. Overall they were favorably regarding the potential of the system, and in addition helped identify points for improvement. The gathered data and experience will feed into the next system’s iterations.

Second TRADR Joint Exercise

18 May, 2015 Posted by tradr_admin

From May 18th to 22nd the second TRADR Joint Exercise took place at Phönix West, which is the ruin of an old furnace in Dortmund, Germany. The exercise was conducted in cooperation with the TRADR partners and firefighters from the Institut fur Feuerwehr und Rettungstechnologie Dortmund. The goal was to test the system components and run the system at a field location (as opposed to a more controlled lab environment). Useful data was collected and component level experiments were run. The use cases that were tested consisted of multiple asynchronous sorties as part of a large-scale dynamic disaster.

TRADR Dissemination Event 2014

9 December, 2014 Posted by tradr_admin

A talk and a demonstration of “SAR drones with different sensors” was given at the recent meeting of the VRGeo consortium in Sankt Augustin on December 9 and 10, 2014.  Their main goal is the development and evaluation of interactive hardware and software technologies for visualization systems in the oil and gas industry. The participants were impressed of the experience with highly mobile visual sensors, including laser scanner and thermal imaging. The demonstration was based on the NIFTi UAV, which was developed at Fraunhofer IAIS during the NIFTi project, and on the AscTec Pelican, which is currently used as a development platform in the TRADR project.

First TRADR Joint Exercise

23 September, 2014 Posted by tradr_admin


From September 23rd to October 2nd the first TRADR Joint Exercise takes place at the Tremora hospital (ex American hospital of Calambrone) near Pisa, Italy, in cooperation between the TRADR partners and the firefighters from the Firebrigade of Pisa. One of the goals is to test the system components and run the system at the hospital site with the participation of the end-users. The end-user’s input and feedback during the Joint Exercise, is another important aspect. Moreover, useful data is collected and component level experiments are run. The use cases tested deals with multiple asynchronous sorties and large-scale static disaster.


TRADR Summer School on Reasoning in the Robot World

28 July, 2014 Posted by tradr_admin


TRADR organized a summer school at the Czech Technical University in Prague (hosted by Center for Machine Perception) on July 28 – August 1, 2014. The main topic of the summer school is the world representation for perception/reasoning. The summer school topic relates to long-term multi-robot missions and involved robotic manipulation, which is the topic of TRADR interest.  The seed of the summer school audience were the members of the TRADR consortium, though the event is open to others, as long as capacity allows. Detailed Information can be found here.