Authors: Matthew Williams, Jack Williams, Aaron Maggs, Ryan Ewyk, Riley Cockerill

Published: 1st of September, 2017


The Semi-Autonomous Rescue Team is a small group of Robotics and Information Technology enthusiasts formed in late 2015 with the intent of creating a Robot capable of competing in the 2016 Rapidly Manufactured Rescue League (RMRL) at RoboCup in Leipzig, Germany.

The project started with the basic Robot design and specifications supplied by Curtin University in Western Australia. The idea was to use this as a starting point onto which teams could innovate and rework into their own Robot. The original S.A.R.T. Robot consisted of the basic chassis design from Curtin University known as the “Emu Mini 2”, paired with a Raspberry Pi B+ and Dynamixel AX-12A servo motors. Over the past eighteen months, the initial design has transitioned to a fully custom designed and 3D printed chassis, an Intel NUC to replace the Raspberry Pi as the main control board, an Arduino Nano for collecting sensor data and an oCam 5 megapixel USB camera for streaming the Robot’s point of view to a Control Panel Interface over enterprise grade Wi-Fi. With these improvements, the team has experienced great success in competition, including:

  • Tied 1st Place – Rapidly Manufactured Rescue League, RoboCup 2016, Leipzig, Germany
  • 1st Place – Rapidly Manufactured Rescue League, RoboCup 2017, Nagoya, Japan
  • Open Source Award – Rapidly Manufactured Rescue League, RoboCup 2017, Nagoya, Japan

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