Evaluation of the Scout Robot for Urban Search and Rescue

Paul E. Rybski, Ian Burt, Andrew Drenner, Bradley Kratochvil, Colin McMillen, Sascha Stoeter, Kristen Stubbs, Maria Gini, and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos

A group of miniature mobile robots called Scouts were tested in the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) course used in the RoboCup Rescue competition at IJCAI 2001. This testing was to evaluate the utility of using small robots with limited mobility and sensing constraints in the unstructured and chaotic environments present in disaster areas where USAR operations are required. The Scouts and their performance in the course are described. Finally, potential areas of future work that were revealed by these tests are discussed.

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