ButlerBot: The Robotic Butler

Diana David, Zion Adika, Liu Yang, Vitaly Bokser. Additional Team Members: Edmond Hakimian (Data Integration), Zeynep Altinbas (Speech Recognition), Richard Spillane (Computer Vision)

We describe our entry in the AAAI 2002 Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) competition, a marsupial team consisting of a larger wheeled robot and several small legged robots, carried around by the larger robot. This setup exploits compli- mentary strengths of each robot type in a challenging domain. We describe both the hardware and software architecture, and the on-board real-time mapping which forms the basis of accurate victim-localization crucial to the USAR domain. We also evaluate what challenges remain to be resolved in order to deploy search and rescue robots in realistic scenarios.

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