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SHERPA - Smart collaboration between Humans and ground-aErial Robots for imProving rescuing activities in Alpine environments

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  • CORDIS - PROJECTS 01/02/2013
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The goal of SHERPA is to develop a mixed ground and aerial robotic platform to support search and rescue activities in a real-world hostile environment like the alpine scenario. The technological platform and the alpine rescuing scenario are the occasion to address a number of research topics about cognition and control pertinent to the call. What makes the project potentially very rich from a scientific viewpoint is the heterogeneity and the capabilities to be owned by the different actors of the SHERPA system: the "human" rescuer is the "busy genius", working in team with the ground vehicle, as the "intelligent donkey", and with the aerial platforms, i.e. the "trained wasps" and "patrolling hawks". Indeed, the research activity focuses on how the "busy genius" and the "SHERPA animals" interact and collaborate with each other, with their own features and capabilities, toward the achievement of a common goal. A mix of advanced control and cognitive capabilities characterize the SHERPA system, aiming to support the rescuer by improving his awareness of the rescue scene even in tough environments and with the "genius" often "busy" in the rescuing activity (and thus unable to supervise the platform). Thus emphasis is placed on robust autonomy of the platform, acquisition of cognitive capabilities, collaboration strategies, natural and implicit interaction between the "genius" and the "SHERPA animals", which motivate the research activity. Five benchmarks, inspired by real-world scenarios, drive the research and motivate demonstration activities on realistic testing sites planned during the project. Seven top academic groups, two SMEs, and the Italian Association of Alpine Rescuers with the role of end-user and evaluator of the project outcomes for the specific application of search and rescuing in the alpine scenario compose the consortium.


Start date: 01-02-2013
End date: 31-01-2017
Duration: 48 months
Project Reference: 600958
Project cost: 11267859 EURO
Project Funding: 8550000 EURO
Subprogramme Area: Cognitive Systems and Robotics (a), (d)
Contract type: Collaborative project (generic)


Coordinatore: ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA - Lorenzo MARCONI (Professor) DIP. INGEGNERIA DELL'ENERGIA ELETTRICA E DELL'INFORMAZIONE-Italy 
Altri Partecipanti

C.R.E.A.T.E. CONSORZIO DI RICERCA PER L'ENERGIA E LE APPLICAZIONI TECHNOLOGICHE DELL'ELETTROMAGNETISMO - UNIVERSITA' DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II (ITALIA)

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET - DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES - (SVERIGE)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN - KU LEUVEN RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT -  (BELGIQUE)

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH - DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL AND PROCESS ENGINEERING - (SVIZZERA)

BLUEBOTICS SA - BLUEBOTICS - PARC SCIENTIFIQUE DE L EPFL - (SVIZZERA)

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN - DEZERNAT 3 -(DEUTSCHLAND)

CLUB ALPINO ITALIANO - C.A.I. ASSOCIAZIONE - CAI SECRETARY OFFICE - (ITALIA)

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE - DEPT. OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING/FACULTY OF ELECTRICAL ENGINE - (NEDERLAND)

ASLATECH DI SALA ANDREA - ASLATECH - (ITALIA)

Quadro di finanziamento
  • 7FP-ICT : TECNOLOGIE DELL’INFORMAZIONE E DELLA COMUNICAZIONE: priorità tematica 3 nell'ambito del programma specifico “Cooperazione” recante attuazione del Settimo programma quadro (2007-2013) di attività comunitarie di ricerca, sviluppo tecnologico e dimostrazione
Area di interesse
  • Unione Europea