Date: Monday, 26 April 2010
Location: Olsen 311
In 2005, the response to Hurricane Katrina exposed several technological gaps. In a day where satellite photography is becoming ubiquitous in our digital lives, it was surprising to find that many response groups were still using hand-drawn paper maps. Additionally, advanced technology such as digital photography and robot cameras were limited to sending video only to the operators at the site and not immediately to the command staff. These gaps are largely due to the fact that there was no common computing platform to bring all of this information to the command staff. This common computing platform would need to be able to interact with many different personnel from different backgrounds and expertise. This proposed research intends to bridge the technological gaps through the use of collaborative tabletop multi-touch displays such as the Microsoft Surface. To this end, this research will create a multi-touch and multi-robot interface for command staff to monitor and interact with all of the robots deployed at a disaster response.
Thesis Supervisor: Prof. Holly Yanco
Committee Members: Dr. Jill Drury
Dr. Terry Fong, NASA Ames