Our goal is to assist first responders in emergency situations by providing tracking information and the ability for coordination. In these harsh and dynamic situations, there is no guarantee of a communication infrastructure or access to GPS; therefore to provide tracking and coordination, we need to deploy our own infastructure.
The Ember project uses multi-agent teams, comprised of autonomous and human agents, to achieve effective results under emergency situations. Agents communicate through wireless networks in order to achieve difficult team oriented tasks. In the firefighting scenario, we would like to track the firefighter and provide accessible communciation to prevent dangerous situations. The goal of robot team is to track the firefighter while at the same time, leaving an adequate communication links back to the base station.