Japan Underwater Robots / Shriners-Arm Replacement

Japan Underwater Robots

It’s the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in a way you’ve never seen before. Researchers from USF’s Center for Ocean Technology spent a week in the northern Japan, where they used underwater robots to assist authorities. University Beat on WUSF TV has their story, along with some of the incredible video and pictures from the scene.

Shriners-Arm Replacement

It’s a surgery that’s been done for adults before, but never for children in the United States. Now, thanks to the Moffitt Cancer Center and the Shriners Hospital on USF’s Tampa campus, an 8 year old girl from Iowa will one day be able to play the piano again. It’s all because of a ground-breaking surgery that replaced her cancer-ravaged upper arm with a device that will grow as she does. We’ll find out more about the procedure on this week’s University Beat.

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Dr. Robin Murphy, Director of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) at Texas A&M University, talks about how the damage in Japan dwarves anything she saw during similar missions after hurricanes in the U.S. The former USF professor was previously profiled in this University Beat report.

Another former USF researcher, Dr. Eric Steimle, Program Manager for Applied Environmental & Ocean Sciences (AEOS), talks about how the remotely operated vehicles (ROV’s) are continuing to evolve.

Video of the AC-ROV underwater video camera and sensor platform as it scans the wreckage of a house in Rikuzentakata. (courtesy CRASAR & NSF)

Sonar image of a structure captured by a Sarbot vehicle in Minamisanriku. (courtesy CRASAR & NSF)

Video image of a structure captured by a Sarbot vehicle in Minamisanriku. (courtesy CRASAR & NSF)

More Information: 

Japan Underwater Robots
Karen Dreger, Research Associate, USF Center for Ocean Technology
Dr. Robin Murphy, Director, Center for Robot-Assisted Search & Rescue (CRASAR), Texas A&M University
Dr. Eric Steimle, Program Manager, Applied Environmental & Ocean Sciences (AEOS
Shriners-Arm Replacement
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Tampa

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