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Lundberg, Carl
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Lundberg, C. & Christensen, H. I. (2008). Assessment of Man-portable Robots for Law Enforcement Agencies. In: Martin Norsell (Ed.), Stockholm Contributions in Military-Technology 2007: (pp. 189-206). Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Assessment of Man-portable Robots for Law Enforcement Agencies
2008 (English)In: Stockholm Contributions in Military-Technology 2007 / [ed] Martin Norsell, Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan , 2008, p. 189-206Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan, 2008
Stockholm Contributions in Military-Technology, ISSN 1654-9775 ; 1
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Military Technology
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-499 (URN)978-91-85401-93-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2010-03-24 Created: 2010-03-10 Last updated: 2019-08-26Bibliographically approved
Lundberg, C., Christensen, H. I. & Reinhold, R. (2007). Long-term study of a portable field robot in urban terrain. Paper presented at 4th IEEE International Workshop on Safety Security and Rescue Robots/6th Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems, AUG, 2006, Gaithersburg, MD. JOURNAL OF FIELD ROBOTICS, 24(8-9), 625-650
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Long-term study of a portable field robot in urban terrain
2007 (English)In: JOURNAL OF FIELD ROBOTICS, ISSN 1556-4959, Vol. 24, no 8-9, p. 625-650Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The armed forces have a considerable amount of experience in using robots for bomb removal and mine clearing. Emerging technology also enables the targeting of other applications. To evaluate if real deployment of new technology is justified, tactical advantages gained have to be compared to drawbacks imposed. Evaluation calls for realistic tests which in turn require methods dictating how to deploy the new features. The present study has had two objectives: first, to gain a comprehensive view of a potential user of man-portable robots; second, to embed a robot system with users for assessment of present technology in real deployment. In this project we investigated an army company specialized in urban operations performing their tasks with the support of the iRobot Packbot Scout. The robot was integrated and deployed as an ordinary piece of equipment which required modifying and retraining a number of standard behaviors. The reported results were acquired through a long-term test ranging over a period of six months. This paper focuses on the characteristics of the users and their current ways of operation; how the robot was implemented and deployed. Additionally, this paper describes benefits and drawbacks from the users' perspective. A number of limitations in current robot technology are also identified. The findings show that the military relies on precise and thoroughly trained actions that can be executed with a minimum of ambiguity. To make use of robots, new behavioral schemes, which call for tactical optimization over several years, are needed. The most common application during the trials was reconnaissance inside buildings with uncertain enemy presence when time was not critical. Deploying the robot took more time than completing the task by traditional means, but in return kept the soldiers out of harm's way and enabled them to decrease weapon deployment. The range of the radio link, limited video feedback, and the bulky operator control unit were the features constraining the system's overall performance the most. On the other hand, did properties of the system, such as ruggedness, size, weight, terrain ability, and endurance, prove to match the application. The users were of the opinion that robots such as the Packbot Scout would be a valuable standard feature in urban intervention.

National Category
Social Sciences
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-3899 (URN)10.1002/rob.20214 (DOI)000249751200002 ()
4th IEEE International Workshop on Safety Security and Rescue Robots/6th Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems, AUG, 2006, Gaithersburg, MD
Available from: 2013-06-14 Created: 2013-06-11 Last updated: 2013-06-14Bibliographically approved

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