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Managing Risk in Disaster Scenarios with Autonomous Robots

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Managing Risk in Disaster Scenarios with
Autonomous Robots
Daniel P. Stormont and Vicki H. Allan
Department of Computer Science
Utah State University
Logan, Utah 843224205
Email: daniel.stormont@aggiemail.usu.edu; vicki.allan@usu.edu
Abstract-- Disaster areas are one of the most challenging
environments faced by mankind. Uncertainty, hazards, and
limited availability of rescuers all impact the ability to save
lives. Prepositioned autonomous rescue robots offer promise in
assisting the first responders to a disaster site, but there is a
challenge to using robots in hazardous environments: numerous
studies have shown that human rescuers lack trust in fully
autonomous systems.
This paper introduces the aspects of disaster areas that make
them so challenging. The use of robots as a risk management
tool for human rescuers is introduced. Then some of the factors
that limit human trust in robots are addressed including one


Source: Allan, Vicki H. - Department of Computer Science, Utah State University


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences