Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems

, Volume 64, Issue 1, pp 119–139 | Cite as

Towards Small Robot Aided Victim Manipulation

  • Mark YimEmail author
  • Jedtsada Laucharoen


Robotic manipulation of human victims is a problem typically avoided by the robotics community primarily for fear of injuring victims further, though large robotic human transportation is more prevalent. This paper presents the issues that would need to be addressed in order to have small man-portable robots aiding the transport of incapacitated victims. Focusing on the manipulation of victims in preparation for transport, the primary design specifications are the forces that a small robot would need to be capable of applying. Data and analysis is presented for human limb manipulation, in terms of limb pose statistics and the forces required for appropriate limb motions. Descriptions of a robotic solution include a wristlet mechanism that can be robotically deployed as well as a novel head protection and cervical spine immobilization method using rapidly expanding foam.


Foam stabilization Victim manipulation Robot rescue Automated harness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics DepartmentUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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