Natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes often cause buildings to collapse and trap people underneath. This research project investigates the use of millirobots as a safe and potentially more effective alternative to human search and rescue mission after a natural disaster. Current new advances in millirobots allow the production of small and simple robots at relatively low cost and have the potential to safely access trapped survivors through void networks; however, very little is known about the environment in which they would need to function. CITRIS researchers are investigating and modeling the void size, shape and connectivity that can be expected after a seismic event, the most likely locations for survivors based on the type of structure and its collapse mechanism, and the type of mobility that is required of the millirobots to be effective.
Surgical robotics and health informatics are two key technologies that form the basis of a collaboration between the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University (FAH-SYSU) and CITRIS.
Research partners from MITRE, CITRIS Health, UC Davis and UC Merced worked with health care teams to identify digital health barriers and co-create new ways to address them.
Working in partnership with senior living providers, Lighthouse researchers conducted focus groups with residents and staff to identify barriers to technology use.