Dr Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová
05 Nov 2018

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Fire, Rescue & New Challenges: CTIF seminar in Brussels in November

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The 9th & 10th of  November, 2018, CTIF  will organize an international seminar on the theme Fire, Rescue & New Challenges in Brussels, Belgium.

Various interesting speakers, both from within CTIF and without, will make presentations on New Technologies, such as the use of drones during interventions, Best Practices for Alternative Energy Vehicles, the new ISO Standard soon to be published as well as the latest developments in the field of Firefighters´ Health.

 

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This list of speakers will be added to as more speakers´ Bios and Topics are submitted to the CTIF Office. Below are some of the Keynote Speakers:

 

 

Firefighting Drone

 

Nigel Blumire“Battery technology - past, present and future”

Nigel Blumire
Consultant
National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC)

 

Batteries used in vehicles

Safety information

Case studies

787 Dreamliner APU fire (USA)

Traffic incident (UK)

Large scale energy storage (USA)

Future challenges

Nigel is a consultant at the UK National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) and was one of the emergency responders answering calls requiring chemical advice 24/7.

He graduated with a PhD from Southampton University in Organic Chemistry and joined Evotec, a contract research organisation assisting the pharmaceutical industry with leading edge drug discovery. He became a medicinal chemist working on drug programmes including synthetic cannabinoids and oncology drugs over his decade in the industry and brought that expertise to the emergency response sector when he joined NCEC 4 years ago.

He has moved into a role assisting the Chemsafe manager, our dedicated service to the UK emergency services and has enjoyed the challenges posed by callers to this service. He has also provided his skills to training courses covering regulations, spill response and chemical exposures to several clients on behalf of NCEC.

He is the secretary of the CTIF Hazardous Materials Commission. This has provided the opportunity to collaborate with fire officers from around the world on lessons learnt and operational guidance.

 

 

Mark Bokdam"Drones - The Next Step"

Mark Bokdam - manager of the drone organisation for the fire service of the Netherlands.

In addition to his work for the fire service of the Netherlands, he works at Brandweer Twente as Headofficer/commander in the lead at great incidents and also as Project Manager.

 

Dutch drone

 

 

 

Tommy Baekgaard Kjaer"Firefighters´Health":

Tommy Baekgaard Kjaer

Firefighter since 1986. Special training.

Education as fire officer and instructor. Professional rescue diver. Certified in “Reconstruction and Integration of Traumatic Stress” 2003.

Editor of firefighter magazine since 2006.

Union leader since 2010.

Author of numerous articles about occupational health and safety for fire fighters.

Speaker to fire fighter organizations and Parliaments around the world about occupational health and safety for fire fighters.

Member of various boards regarding firefighters safety and health.

Founder of “Danish Firefighter´s Cancer Organization” BFC 2013.

Member of honor upon “The Nordic Firefighters” NBS.

Winner of “The Danish Community Awards 2015”.

 

Michel GentilleauThe CTIF - EuroNCap Cooperation "EuroNcap for firefighters"

Lieutenant-colonel Michel Gentilleau &  Pierre CASTAINGEuro NCAP President

Lieutenant-colonel Michel Gentilleau is the director of  the yearly seminar Technical Days, Technical Days "Emergency Response for Vehicles" / Poitiers - FRANCE

Chief of the Department for Operational  Aspects of SDIS 86

Member of the Group « mobility and road security » of the National Federation of the French Firefighterss

Member of the Commission « extrication and new technology » of CTIF  (Project leader « EuroNcap for firefighters »)

 

Pierre CASTAINGPierre CASTAING

Euro NCAP President

Pierre CASTAING is an aeronautical engineer from ESTACA, supplemented by a DEA in fluid mechanics.

A short stay at UTAC in the 80s as an engineer certification and research on helmets, then for 20 years in a French SME manufacturer of PPE as Director responsible for approval and then successively quality, R & D and Customer Service Director (Mediterranean and Africa).

Joined UTAC at the end of 1999 as Head of passive safety then Head of Safety Department in 2006.

From July 2012 in charge of Regulatory Affairs for the UTAC CERAM Group. In addition to monitoring regulatory developments in Geneva, under the GRSP, or in Brussels, from the European Commission, Pierre was Chairman of different international working groups issue from the GRSP on the frontal impact and compatibility of light vehicles as well as new regulations on child restraint systems.

Finally, he actively participate in Euro NCAP since 2000, as well as chair of technical groups as member of the Board of Directors. Elected President of Euro NCAP in July 2017 he is still active in road safety even if retired from UTAC CERAM at the end of 2017.

 

 

 

Ivana

Human-robot teamwork technology for robot-assisted disaster response

One of the key note speakers in the Brussels November CTIF Seminar  "Fire, Rescue & New Challenges" is Dr Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová . This lecture is about her work to investigate human-robot teamwork and develop technology for robot-assisted disaster response.

 

Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová is a senior researcher and project leader in the Multilingual Technologies Lab of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence in Saarbruecken, Germany (DFKI, www.dfki.de/lt), where she is leading the Talking Robots Group (www.talkingrobots.dfki.de) and the DFKI Competence Center for Emergency Response and Recovery Management (errem.dfki.de).

She holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Czech Technical University (1992) and a PhD in mathematical linguistics from Charles University (1998), both in Prague,

Czech Republic. 1999-2000 she held a British Academy Visiting Fellowship and a Royal Society / NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship for research in discourse semantics at the University of Edinburgh, U.K.

2001-2010 she held a research position at the Department of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics, Saarland University, Saarbruecken. Her research includes various topics in discourse and dialogue modelling and context-sensitive natural language processing for dialogue systems and human-robot interaction.

"Disaster response teams increasingly use mobile robotic systems for the reconnaissance of an incident site. We have worked in close cooperation with first responders to investigate human-robot teamwork and develop technology for robot-assisted disaster response", says Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová.

Read here what she wrote about her work with robots deployed in the 2016 earthquake in Italy:

 

UAV entering the Sant’Agostino church with one of the UAVs observing it (the other observing UAV is taking the picture). Credit: TRADR

UAV entering the Sant’Agostino church with one of the UAVs observing it (the other observing UAV is taking the picture). Credit: TRADR

"To our knowledge, this was the first time several different kinds robots have been used in collaboration in a real disaster response deployment. The mission fulfilled its goal to collect data for the construction of high-quality textured 3D models, which have been provided both to the VVFF and to the Italian Ministery of Culture. Additional great success was the fact that the TRADR team was able to arrive and deploy at the location on such short notice. The VVFF has expressed high appreciation for the success of the TRADR project mission and smooth operation, and expressed their intention to continue and further deepen collaboration efforts."

 

This work has been carried out in two large-scale integrated projects funded by the EU FP7 program: NIFTi (Natural Human-Robot Cooperation in Dynamic Environments; Jan 2010 - Dec 2013, www.nifti.eu) and TRADR (Long-Term Human-Robot Teaming for Robot-Assisted Disaster Response; Nov 2013 - Dec 2017, www.tradr-project.eu).

Over the years a series of experiments have carried out and system tests using ground and airborne robots in realistic scenarios simulating a truck accident in a tunnel, a freight-train accident, an earthquake and an industrial accident.

"We have also deployed human-robot teams to assist in damage assessment after two major earthquakes in Italy in 2012 and 2016.  I will present examples of our human-robot disaster response missions and discuss what we have learnt about the needs for human-robot teamwork support, considering teaming both at the micro-level (robot-operator dyad) as well as macro-level - humans in different roles also at different command levels", says Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová.

Video: (Above) The TRADR project develops solutions for perception and modeling of dynamic environments, robot action and human-robot teaming in the context of robot-assisted disaster response. The video highlights the system components and functionalities tested during the TRADR Joint Exercise in July 2016 in Prague with focus on the ground robot platforms, situation awareness and team communication.

 

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Ivana Kruijff-KorbayováIvana Kruijff-Korbayová is a senior researcher and project leader in the Multilingual Technologies Lab of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence in Saarbruecken, Germany (DFKI, www.dfki.de/lt), where she is leading the Talking Robots Group (www.talkingrobots.dfki.de) and the DFKI Competence Center for Emergency Response and Recovery Management (errem.dfki.de).

She has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and has had leading roles in several national and EU-funded projects.

2013-2017 she coordinated the European integrated projects NIFTi (www.nifti.eu) and TRADR (www.tradr-project.eu), which ocused on the cooperation of human-robot teams in disaster response.

On Sept 1 2016 she led the deployment of a TRADR human-robot team to support structure damage assessment in the earthquake-struck Amatrice, Italy.

Ivana Kruijff-KorbayováIvana Kruijff-Korbayová holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Czech Technical University (1992) and a PhD in mathematical linguistics from Charles University (1998), both in Prague, Czech Republic.

1999-2000 she held a British Academy Visiting Fellowship and a Royal Society / NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship for research in discourse semantics at the University of Edinburgh, U.K.

2001-2010 she held a research position at the Department of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics, Saarland University, Saarbruecken.

Dr Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová is a member of the CTIF Commission for Extrication & New Technology.

 

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