Cooperation of Robots and Sensor Networks for Emergency Response

The Summer School is over!

Over 40 scientists and Ph.D. students from around the world enjoyed the event. Various pictures and some of the lecture material is now accesible through the internal pages. The rest of the slides will be available soon.

Summer School 2014

Heterogeneous networks of sensors and robotic vehicles open avenues for a class of novel applications. Tasks ranging from environmental monitoring to user support within emergency-response scenarios require fundamental and multidisciplinary research, typically spanning computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering topics in robotics, control, communication, and middleware.

While the first two summer schools of this series concentrated on research problems within these different domains, the focus of the third summer school was on the combination of all involved areas in the context of real-world scenarios. This fourth summer school is now devoted to the application to emergency response scenarios. This is tackled by an array of devices ranging from inexpensive, tiny, low power sensor nodes, through high-end data gathering visual sensors and unmanned autonomous vehicles to resource rich and powerful command stations. Such a heterogeneity in communication mechanisms, processing and capabilities, and inherent mobility of the different devices constitutes a so-called mixed-mode environment.


This international summer school surveys research areas in the domain of mixed-mode environments and their application for emergency response. It also targets to identify novel opportunities and research directions.

The summer school will also provide an excellent opportunity to get in contact with known researchers working in this field, to meet distinguished scholars, and to establish contacts that may lead to research collaborations in the future. Furthermore, it will give the participants the opportunity to gain hands-on experience involving mobile rescue robots and wireless sensor networks.


The summer school features talks from renowned scientists from the field, tutorials on wireless sensor networks, autonomous search and rescue robots and related topics as well as contributions from the participants.

The confirmed speakers are:

  • Ulf Blanke, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Daniel Cremers, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Xavier Defago, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  • Matt Johnson, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, FL, USA
  • Andreas Karsten, Strategic Advisor Department of Public Safety and Quick Intervention, United Arab Emirates
  • Olaf Landsiedel,  Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Andreas Mitschele-Thiel, Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany
  • Davide Scaramuzza, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Alfred Schöttl, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany



The intended audience are young researchers and PhD students from universities and industrial laboratories around the world.  As a  few numbers of spaces are still available, the deadline has been extended to: August 8, 2014

Prospective participants should apply online providing a brief description of their research. Applications will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis and notifications will be sent accordingly.

The summer school registration fee is 400 Euro (bank transfer only). All rooms are shared between two people. The summer school will take place in the historical Castle Ebernburg

The registration fee includes accommodation at Castle Ebernburg, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee breaks), several social events and all study materials.

For instruction how to apply visit the application section at the summer school webpage:


The summer school is organized by the Research Training Group on Cooperative, Adaptive and Responsive Monitoring in Mixed Mode Environments, funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG, under grant GRK 1362.

Important Dates

Application deadline: 15 July 2014

Extended application deadline: 8 August 2014

Summer school: Sept 28 - Oct 2, 2014