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Avalanche Victims Found Four Times Faster With Robotic "Swarm" Search Technique, Says Sandia Researcher

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January 20, 2000
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Computationally, finding a snow-buried skier is remarkably similar to locating the point source of a chemical or biological attack. Sandia's recently developed computer program, which provides group intelligence for a swarm of mini-robots to rapidly pin-point a source of contagion, can also be used by a group of humans carrying minicomputers, global positioning receivers, and simple radio equipment to find a skier buried in whiteness.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Rescuers seeking a skier or snowboarder buried under an avalanche face a major problem: how to find the unfortunate person before suffocation, or frostbite and hypothermia, do. Death can come in half an hour.


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Sandia National Laboratories. "Avalanche Victims Found Four Times Faster With Robotic "Swarm" Search Technique, Says Sandia Researcher." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 20 January 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/01/000120072622.htm>.
Sandia National Laboratories. (2000, January 20). Avalanche Victims Found Four Times Faster With Robotic "Swarm" Search Technique, Says Sandia Researcher. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/01/000120072622.htm
Sandia National Laboratories. "Avalanche Victims Found Four Times Faster With Robotic "Swarm" Search Technique, Says Sandia Researcher." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/01/000120072622.htm (accessed April 16, 2014).

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