Coffee Connections with Desi and Kim
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
12:00 pm EST / 11:00 am CST / 10:00 am MT / 9:00 am PT
Spotlight Speakers: Laura Hart , Rayne Hawkins, Robin Murphy
Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue
Laura and Rayne: Center for Disaster Risk Policy, Florida State University
Robin: Humanitarian Robotics and AI Laboratory, Texas A&M
Laura: Laura is a UAS pilot, operating in several disasters, emergencies, missing persons investigations, and public safety events over the last seven years. When she’s not flying, she’s working on completing her PhD in Public Administration and Policy, which focuses in part on UAS regulations.
Rayne: Rayne is a UAS pilot, Masters of Geography student, and researcher. Surfside being their first major response, Rayne has assisted mostly in local UAS operations, trainings, and gear maintenance since February 2020.
Robin: Robin is a founder of the field of disaster robotics, deploying to over 30 disasters in 5 countries. She led the first team to fly a small UAS for a disaster, which was at Hurricane Katrina (2005) and has been flying since!
On June 24, 2021, portions of the 12 story Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida, collapsed killing 97 people and injuring 11 with 2 missing, making it the third largest fatal collapse in US history. Three women pilots flew as part of Florida Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1, and helped fly over missions, collecting over 40,000 photos and producing nearly 1TB of data products and maps.