ASU, Arizona partner to develop autonomous, unmanned systems for rescue operations
The Robotics, Embedded Autonomy and Communications Theory Lab, or REACT, led by Stephanie Gil (at left in photo), a Fulton Schools assistant professor of computer science, gives ASU students opportunities to work on real-world projects. The latest is a collaboration with the Arizona Search and Rescue Coordinators Association and the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. The project aims to deploy robotic drones developed by the lab on search and rescue operations throughout the state. The software and intelligence technology Gil’s team will build into the autonomous robotic systems enables drones to gather environmental information and use it to work as a team, and to use that capability to perform more effectively in searches in remote and hazardous areas.