by John Markhof, New York Times, April 9, 2012
The Pentagon’s research and development agency is to announce a competition on Tuesday to design specialized robots that can work in disaster zones while operating common tools and vehicles. And while such tasks may well inspire humanoid designs, roboticists say they may also lead to the robotic equivalent of the Minotaur — a hybrid creature that might have multiple arms and not just legs but treads. ….
For full text of this article, visit Pentagon Contest to Develop Robots to Work in Disaster Areas – NYTimes.com.
Find the official details of the competition at the IEEE Spectrum Blog by clicking here.
- Iron soldier: Pentagon launches quest for Terminator? (rt.com)
- Nano quadrotor robots assemble and roll out (video) (news.cnet.com)
- Latest DARPA Grand Challenge is for humanoid robots (slashgear.com)
- National Robotics Week (makezine.com)
By Henry Kenyon, Government Computer News, Oct 07, 2011
Emergency crews responding to major natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes now have access to a Web application that delivers aerial and satellite imagery of the area to their smart phones and tablet computers. The prototype application was created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Geodetic Survey.
Full text of the article via NOAA app delivers aerial, satellite imagery to first responders’ mobile devices — Government Computer News.
- DIY satellite imagery (kottke.org)
- Crowdsourcing Satellite Imagery Tagging to Support UNHCR in Somalia (irevolution.net)
by Robert L. Mitchell, The Grill, Computerworld, March 21, .2011
Before becoming administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in May 2009, Craig Fugate was a customer. As director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, he oversaw the state’s response to many hurricanes. Since coming to FEMA, he has responded to disasters such as the tsunami in American Samoa and the massive floods in Tennessee last year. Fugate spoke recently about the need for emergency data feeds, how social media can play a role in disaster response, and his vision of a future that includes a proactive, location-based warning system that contacts cell phone users in harm’s way and provides detailed instructions on what to do. …For full text of the article, visit The Grill: W. Craig Fugate ( – Telecommunication – Internet – Government ).
- FEMA To Use Social Media For Emergency Response (informationweek.com)
- Storyboard: FEMA Chief Says Social Media Aid Disaster Response (wired.com)
- Ice, ice, Fugate – FEMA chief to brief press (politico.com)
- Is The U.S. Prepared For The Next Disaster? (npr.org)
- FEMA To Embrace Social Media To Help During Disasters (socialtimes.com)
- FEMA Chief Taps Social Media’s Potential (techdailydose.nationaljournal.com)
How GIS Aids Local Government and First Responders in Crises
Available for free?until February 28, 2009 [9.5 MB]
A new case-study guide illustrates how local government and utility first responders are using geospatial information in large-scale emergencies. Published by the Public Technology Institute and GITA, Geospatial Systems That Support Emergency and Disaster Operations: A Case Study Guide for Local Government and Utility First Responders is available until February 28, 2009 at no charge. After that date, the publication will be sold through the PTI Store. http://gita.org/ciper/PTIGeospatialSystems.PDF