A Human-Robot Interface for Urban Search and Rescue

Bruce A. Maxwell, Nicolas Ward, and Frederick Heckel

This paper describes the Swarthmore College entry in the 2003 Urban Search and Rescue [USR] Event at the 2003 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Robot Competition. The primary focus of Swarthmore’s entry was the development of a fast, responsive user interface for effectively tele-operating a robot with some autonomous capability. This interface was inspired by first-person video game interfaces, and enabled Swarthmore to place second in the 2003 USR competition.


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