International Aerial Robotics Competition
The 3rd Mission definition involved the use of autonomous robots in a human search-and-rescue role during and immediately after a catastrophe of major proportions in which an urban area has been decimated by earthquake, tsunami, and wind. The ultimate cause could be volcanism, the impact of an erratic near-Earth orbiting asteroid, or multiple nuclear explosions triggered by terrorists in an underground storage bunker. Information is unavailable-- all you and your design team know is that your research facility has somehow survived the night along with its complement of autonomous robots. Ensuing chemical fires rage amid the wreckage of buildings. Toxic clouds of smoke choke the skies and obscure the view. Your sensors indicate that low level radiation is present.
There are other survivors out there who are injured and must be found before they die. Fire fighters in hazmat suits and respirators are attempting to find survivors and extract them to a safer location. Your autonomous robots have to be reprogrammed to search for living humans on the ground and either find and report their location to the human rescue team who will attempt to save them, or if possible your robots may attempt to extricate the survivors.