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Computational public safety- dogs, robots and disasters: Dr. Alexander Ferworn at TEDxRyersonU

By Alexander Ferworn

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Dr. Alexander Ferworn, professor at the Department of Computer Science, has made a career at Ryerson by looking at challenges from perspectives very different from those of his colleagues. He started with the idea to put cameras on rescue dogs who search rubble, which led to attaching robots to the dogs for even better rubble exploration. Nobody took the dog's perspective seriously until Ferworn. He looked at the current process, reflected on his experiences searching for people in rubble and turned the idea on its head by adding to what was acknowledged to be the best system available - the dog's nose.

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Katie Carroll

Date 2014
Size/Length 15:51
URL https://youtu.be/Nh-4DUMzZTk
Language English
Notes Part of TEDx, an independently organized TED event.
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  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal roles
  3. Disaster
  4. Dogs
  5. Mammals
  6. public
  7. rescue dogs
  8. robots
  9. safety
  10. Search and rescue