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Fused quad audio/visual and tracking data collection to enhance mobile robot and operator performance analyses



Brian A. Weiss, Brian Antonishek, Richard J. Norcross


Personnel at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), tasked with developing performance measures and standards for urban search and rescue and explosive ordnance disposal robots, have been designing advanced ground truth data collection methods to support these efforts. As a robot maneuvers through a performance test, video and audio data streams are simultaneously collected and fed into a quad compressor providing real-time display. This fused audio/visual data provide a complete picture of what the operators and robots are doing at all times throughout their evaluation to aid operator training, encourage implementation improvements by highlighting successes and failures to the developers/vendors, and demonstrate capabilities to end-users. Quad system deployments at NIST and at the 2007 Robot Response Evaluation in Texas will be highlighted.
Conference Dates
March 17-20, 2008
Conference Location
Orlando, FL
Conference Title
SPIE Defense and Security Symposium 2008


Robotics, Mobile Robot, Urban Search and Rescue, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Performance Metrics, Data Collection, Fused Quad Video Data


Weiss, B. , Antonishek, B. and Norcross, R. (2008), Fused quad audio/visual and tracking data collection to enhance mobile robot and operator performance analyses, SPIE Defense and Security Symposium 2008, Orlando, FL, [online], (Accessed May 20, 2024)


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Created March 20, 2008, Updated January 27, 2020