Robotics in Firefighting and Disaster Response

Brian Lattimer PhD, Vice President of R&D at JENSEN HUGHES, is leading a project focused on developing technology for robotic firefighting, which is being incorporated onto a humanoid robot at Virginia Tech. The effort was featured in a recent article in Unmanned Systems magazine describing firefighting robots.

JENSEN HUGHES with Virginia Tech is developing new technology for mapping and localization within indoor environments containing fire smoke, autonomous location of fires outside the field of view of the robot, and autonomous suppression of fires. These technologies are being developed to be platform independent and could be implemented onto ground as well as aerial vehicles.

The project is a continuation effort for the U.S. Navy on the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) for use of robots onboard ships. Dr. Lattimer will present an overview of the SAFFiR project at the upcoming Interflam 2016 in London UK.

Dr. Lattimer’s team at Virginia Tech contributed information to an article titled “Robots Fighting Fires”, written by Marc Selinger.  To read the article, click on the pdf to the right.