AUVSI presentation on dissaster relief and rescue robots

Posted 30 Sep 2011 at 00:10 UTC by IKE_RobotsPodcast Share This

This video is from a presentation organized by AUVSI that took place on National Press Club on August 11, 2011. Four experts analyze the use and deployment of robots for rescue and disaster relief missions. After the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 many companies and organizations volunteered to help, and robots were extremely useful while their use depended largely in improvisation given the unprecedented circumstances. As expected Japan is the main subject but other topics are also covered like the Gulf oil spill, forest fires and more. The speakers are:

- MG David “Duncan” Heinz, USMC (ret) - VP, Maritime Division in North Carolina iRobot

- Lt Col Charlie Dean, Army (ret) - Director of BD for Unmanned Systems QinetiQ

- Lt Col Ricky Thomas - Global Hawk Functional Manager Headquarters, USAF

- John Priddy - Director of National Air Security Operations Center, Grand Foks US Customs & Border Protection DHS

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