P.A.N.D.O.R.A Robot History:
“Pandora” robotics research team (Program for the Advancement of Non Directed Operating Robotic Agents) was found in 2005 under the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Today it consists of 5 faculty members and 22 undergraduate students.
Pandora has participated in the RoboCupRescue competition four times: In 2008 in China, in 2009 in Austria , in 2011 in Istanbul and more recently in 2013 in Netherlands, The goal of this competition is the development of one or more robotic vehicles that can navigate areas having suffered a natural disaster – like an earthquake – and are able to locate human victims.
For this purpose our vehicle incorporates sensors for determining it’s positiion in space and others for detecting and identifying victims. The vehicle is autonomous, which means it is able to move without the aid of a GPS system and with no teleoperation. It creates a map and caries out the indentification proccess on its own, which are especially important in confined spaces or areas where there is no networking.