Toward an Accurate Hydrologic Urban Flooding Simulations for Disaster Robotics

Marcelo Paravisi, Vitor A. M. Jorge, Alexandre Amory

Abstract

Testing and benchmarking robots in actual disaster scenarios is risky and sometimes nearly impossible. The lack of adequate tests could make robots more vulnerable and less effective in an actual disaster situation. However, even if it was possible to test them in a disaster scenario, the test itself would have high risks for the equipment and the robot operator. For this reason, simulations can be a powerful alternative to validate unmanned systems in safe and controlled virtual environments. The main challenge is to devise an accurate virtual scenario as close as possible to an actual disaster scenario. This problem is particularly harder if the robot in question is an unmanned surface vehicle (USV), mainly due to the numerous disturbances which can affect the robot. This paper presents and discusses the simulation of an urban flooding scenario with accurate environmental disturbances faced by an USV, such as water currents, waves and winds. Results demonstrate that these environmental disturbances have a relevant effect on the USV’s ability to perform basic navigational tasks. The main conclusion of this work is that there is a long road ahead of USV simulators in order to validate USVs in realistic disaster scenario simulations.

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in Harvard Style

Paravisi M., A. M. Jorge V. and Amory A. (2018). Toward an Accurate Hydrologic Urban Flooding Simulations for Disaster Robotics.In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - Volume 2: ICINCO, ISBN 978-989-758-321-6, pages 425-431. DOI: 10.5220/0006904704250431


in Bibtex Style

@conference{icinco18,
author={Marcelo Paravisi and Vitor A. M. Jorge and Alexandre Amory},
title={Toward an Accurate Hydrologic Urban Flooding Simulations for Disaster Robotics},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - Volume 2: ICINCO,},
year={2018},
pages={425-431},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0006904704250431},
isbn={978-989-758-321-6},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - Volume 2: ICINCO,
TI - Toward an Accurate Hydrologic Urban Flooding Simulations for Disaster Robotics
SN - 978-989-758-321-6
AU - Paravisi M.
AU - A. M. Jorge V.
AU - Amory A.
PY - 2018
SP - 425
EP - 431
DO - 10.5220/0006904704250431