Insights toward robot-assisted evacuation

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Insights toward robot-assisted evacuation
This paper discusses the application of robotic technologies to an evacuation assistance task. We describe how this kind of task differs from the more prevalent search and rescue efforts, and how this difference affects the approach taken in building systems focused on the evacuation phase. The paper describes the implementation and evaluation of a deployment algorithm intended to distribute audio navigational cues throughout an office building environment. A review of evacuation dynamics methods is presented and particular methods are used within the deployment algorithm in an on-line sense. We use a pedestrian simulation and a simple model of audio-evacuee interaction in order to show the effects of beacon deployment; this indicates that even a very few beacons can result in a large decrease in the mean and variance of egress distance (and time). We also advance possible uses for human motion based methods of environment evaluation more broadly for mobile robotics in general.
Dylan A. Shell, Maja J. Mataric
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Updated 15 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2005
Where AR
Authors Dylan A. Shell, Maja J. Mataric
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