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This website contains links to small unmanned aerial system data collected from 112 sorties by the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue* during its deployment to Hurricane Harvey (Aug 25-Sept 4) under the direction of the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management (FBCOEM), which is the county west of Houston. FBCOEM prepared a short video about the use of the sUAS which you can see below:

Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, the data from Harvey (and Irma which was collected by the FSU Center for Disaster Risk Policy) is available to be downloaded for scientific and technology transfer purposes. We will post our analytics and papers as we continue to analyze the findings. In addition, you can view our VIRTUAL SUMMER INSTITUTE ON EVIDENCE-BASED USE OF SMALL UAS FOR HURRICANES:

In order to download the data, you need to create an account and agree to use this only for scientific purposes. One reason is to show NSF that scientists are using the data.  Another reason for registration is that it allows us to send you updates, papers, and corrections and invite you to participate in virtual (and physical) workshops.  We are explicitly asking you to use the data for scientific purposes because data from the use of robots at the 9/11 World Trade Center was appropriated for use in a movie about sewer monsters; reusing the video was not respectful of the 9/11 victims. While there is no personal identifying information in the data sets, please be remember that the data is ultimately about the suffering and disruption to thousands of real people.

We would be grateful if you cited the NSF grant 1762137 in any publications or proposals that used the data and doubly grateful if you sent us links to papers or the citations, which we will post here.

Please send us suggestions and ask questions about the data! And remember that while this dataset is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1762137, any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Robin Murphy and Odair Fernandes

*The Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue was formerly a center at Texas A&M but in 2018 was spun off as a nonprofit corporation.  The Texas A&M academic portion is now the Humanitarian Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

All 112 sorties were deployed in 56 different locations in the west of Houston, which are shown in the map below: