Next generation robotic counter IED technology : A step change in capability

Mullins, James, Fielding, Mick, Najdovski, Zoran, Nahavandi, Saeid and Budd, Wayne 2012, Next generation robotic counter IED technology : A step change in capability, in LWC 2012 : Potent Land Force for a Joint Maritime Strategy : Proceedings of the 2012 Land Warfare Conference, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T., pp. 145-152.

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Title Next generation robotic counter IED technology : A step change in capability
Author(s) Mullins, James
Fielding, MickORCID iD for Fielding, Mick
Najdovski, ZoranORCID iD for Najdovski, Zoran
Nahavandi, SaeidORCID iD for Nahavandi, Saeid
Budd, Wayne
Conference name Land Warfare. Conference (2012 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 29 Oct. - 2 Nov. 2012
Title of proceedings LWC 2012 : Potent Land Force for a Joint Maritime Strategy : Proceedings of the 2012 Land Warfare Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Land Warfare Conference
Start page 145
End page 152
Total pages 8
Publisher Commonwealth of Australia
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Summary Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are reported as the number one cause of injury and death for allied troops in the current theater of operation. Deakin University’s Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR) is working on next-generation technology to combat the threat. In 2006 CISR was awarded funding through the Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program managed by the Australian Defence Force. The objective was to investigate the use of haptics or force feedback technology for Counter-IED (CIED) tasks. Over the past six years, engineers from CISR have worked alongside Defence stakeholders to develop a series of robotic platforms designed to immerse a soldier in the remote environment. Utilising a natural user interface, haptic force feedback and stereovision, the technology has undergone initial trials in Sydney, Canberra, Woomera and at the CISR testing facility in Geelong, Australia. The technology has proved popular among operators allowing them increased fidelity and manipulation speed while significantly reducing required training. CISR has a history of rapidly delivering technology to meet the needs of police and law enforcement in Australia. The OzBot™ series of robots developed in conjunction with the Victorian Police is currently in service and used extensively for hostage negotiation and first responder roles. The CISR robotics group works on technologies that reduce operator fatigue, minimise training liability and maintenance. Over 55 engineers develop simulation environments for increased training availability and continuous improvement to the current range of mobile platforms, including communications range, payload, manipulator reach and capability. This paper describes a number of the technologies, methods and systems developed by CISR for IED neutralisation, with the aim to increasing military awareness of Australian capability.
ISBN 9780980872316
Language eng
Field of Research 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
091302 Automation and Control Engineering
Socio Economic Objective 810104 Emerging Defence Technologies
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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