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Up from the Rubble: Lessons Learned about HRI from Search and Rescue
Robin R. Murphy and Jennifer L. Burke, University of South Florida
Thursday, September 29, 10:30AM12:00PM
As first responders work in the search and rescue tasks that accompany disasters, technology is finding its way into assistance efforts through the use of robotics. Murphy and Burke discuss work performed by the Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue in such situations as destruction of the World Trade Center, Hurricane Charley, and the La Conchita, California, mudslide. In particular, they discuss how people continue to be the crucial element in human-robot interaction (HRI).
A Sociotechnical Systems Analysis of the Toronto SARS Outbreak
Andrea Cassano Pich, University of Toronto
Friday, September 30, 8:30AM10:00AM
A risk management framework published in 1997 explained many of the reasons for the 2003 spread of SARS in Toronto. In that February outbreak, 438 probable SARS cases were reported, 44 people died, and more than 25,000 people were quarantined. University of Toronto researchers found that during the SARS outbreak, several items described in the 1997 framework including the failure of different levels of government to work together came to pass.