Team Hector Darmstadt was established at the Technische Universität Darmstadt within the PhD program Cooperative, Adaptive and Responsive Monitoring in Mixed Mode Environments, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). This program addresses the exciting and challenging research areas of navigation and coordination of multiple autonomous vehicles as well as monitoring in mixed mode environments that are characterized by the heterogeneity resources, capabilities and connectivity.
The experience in hardware and software of autonomous robots has already been successfully applied to RoboCup soccer, and there have been studies in simulation on cooperative control.
Diﬀerent algorithms were developed from computer vision for people detection and object recognition which can now be applied to Search and Rescue scenarios. Finally, team members from mechanical engineering are focusing on the design and experimental evaluation of unmanned aerial and ground vehicles for environmental monitoring and surveillance applications.
The team's name was recently changed from "Darmstadt Rescue Robot Team" to "Hector Darmstadt", which stands for Heterogeneous Cooperating Teams of Robots.
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