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Natural Disaster Response & Recovery Systems

Test Bed Vision:

To save lives by creating innovative solutions that assist Search and Rescue Teams in missions after natural disasters that hit Australia and the world.

Photograph of emergency workers searching the rubble of a collapsed building
Photograph of emergency workers searching the rubble of a collapsed building

Natural disasters often come unexpectedly with no or very little notice. When they hit, consequences to human life can be catastrophic not only due to their prompt damage but also due to the challenges inefficient response and recovery. To assist in the immediate aftermath period, new robotic technology and materials can be extremely useful. In this context, exploring new options and pushing the limits of science are the goals of the Natural Disaster Response and Recovery Systems Test Bed. Combining feedback from professional emergency responders and technical vision from scientists, new paradigms and solutions for situation awareness, people search and risk identification are the current priority, focusing on disasters that are most impactful to Australia and neighbouring countries.

This test bed is led by Paulo Borges and Navinda Kottege from CSIRO’s Data61 and Sharon Edwards from CSIRO’s Manufacturing, and is a collaboration by staff from CSIRO’s Data61 and Manufacturing.