2020 SACAD Entrants

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Non Empirical- KAMS


Natural disasters and other catastrophes have significantly increased in recent years (Oishi & Komiya, 2017). Currently, resources available to succor in response to cataclysms are limited. Humans save lives, while ultimately risking their own. In order to bypass this risk, autonomous robot programming is essential. Research and advocacy regarding autonomous aid in the scientific community has yet to be fully addressed (Oishi & Komiya, 2017). Because of this, first responders, firefighters, and policemen are perpetually endangered. Furthermore, technological contributions would also eliminate human error, promote productivity, and stimulate collaboration on matters unable to be solved autonomously. A robot prototype, designed to retrieve 6x6х6 inch cubes, was programmed to a controller, but also operated autonomously. Despite the controller being beneficial for specific functions, autonomous programming proved to be advantageous when used applicably. While the initial task was direct, the knowledge acquired from the project possesses the potential to enhance future ventures seeking to aid disaster relief.