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The goal of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community to debate longer range, more audacious research challenges; to build consensus around research visions; to evolve the most promising visions toward clearly defined initiatives; and to work with the funding organizations to move challenges and visions toward funding initiatives. The purpose of this blog is to provide a more immediate, online mechanism for dissemination of visioning concepts and community discussion/debate about them.

Robin Murphy’s TED Talk on Disaster Robotics

September 3rd, 2015 / in research horizons, Research News, robotics / by Helen Wright

Robin Murphy, Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University‘s Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and former Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council Member, Robin Murphy recently gave a TED talk on Disaster Robots.

Robots don’t replace people or dogs…They do things new. They assist the responders, the experts, in new and innovative ways.

Robin Murphy, explains how if you can reduce the initial emergency response by one day, you can reduce the overall recovery by 1000 days.

If the initial responders can get in, save lives… that means the other groups can get in to restore the water, the roads, the electricity, which means then the construction people, the insurance agents, all of them can get in to rebuild the houses, which then means you can restore the economy…robots can make a disaster go away faster.


Murphy was the chair of the CCC Computing for Disaster Management Workshop that produced the CRICIS Report, as well as the author of the CCC-led white paper Toward a Science of Autonomy for Physical Systems: Disaster.

Robin Murphy’s TED Talk on Disaster Robotics