Mobile Fire Extinguishing RobotTeam
The Mobile Fire Extinguishing Robot is an in-home robot built with the purpose to suppress small fires that may occur in the home in the scenario that a person is unable to respond. The robot will use a Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensor to map a home and perform obstacle avoidance. The LiDAR paired with a compass and accelerometer will grant the robot the ability to deploy to the approximate location of a fire. Upon arrival to the location, the robot is equipped with a Thermal Camera to find the maximum temperature within the room and will be paired with Flame sensors to confirm it is in presence of a fire. Lastly, a standard, in-home fire extinguisher is used by the robot to suppress the flame.
According to the National Fire Prevention Agency (NFPA), from 2006-2010, there were approximately 11,640 home fires started by candles per year alone. These fires were responsible for an annual average of 126 deaths, 953 injuries, and $438 million in property damage. The NFPA also has an established response time goal of 9 minutes and 20 seconds while a fire can become life threatening in just 2 minutes. This robot aims to reduce the damage caused by candles and possible electrical fires by being an in-home robot to automatically suppress fires before they become life threatening.
Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry, Associate Dean for Research and Professor Javad Hashemi