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Distributed Human-Robot System for Chemical Incident Management (DHRS-CIM)
Start date: Oct 1, 2008, End date: Sep 30, 2012 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"The overall objective of this project is to combine forces of Europe’s leading industrial (Thales Nederland B.V., Space Application Services N.V., IdMind - Engenharia de Sistemas Lda) and academic organizations (Universities of Sheffield, Amsterdam and Örebro) in the field of ‘Disaster Management’, in order to deliver, through a strategic and intersectoral exchange of researchers, an intelligent decision support system for humans to manage chemical incidents (a Distributed Human-Robot System for Chemical Incident Management or DHRS-CIM). The proposed research deals with human and artificial sensing and sense-making to support human decision making in crisis management. The focus on both artificial- and human-system research in order to integrate both is one of the essential contributions of this research proposal: by doing so the artificial systems and humans together become an intelligent collaborative system. This is highly relevant for Europe as future deployment of such intelligent systems able to detect (potential) chemical incidents, helps crisis professionals take informed decisions to manage chemical incidents. Intersectoral exchange of knowledge will not only lead to (short term) development of innovative technological breakthroughs within this domain, but will also ensure the development of participating researchers towards interdisciplinary scientists needed for research in this (timely) relevant field. Various types of transfer of knowledge are envisioned, such as numerous visits resulting in joint research projects, integration sessions and meetings (e.g. yearly summer schools). Furthermore, structuring effects at the European level are expected by a more structural and strategic future collaboration between the project partners. Finally, the project will contribute to the involvement of two Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises."
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