Sensor Systems for Localization of Trapped Victims in Collapsed Infrastructure



Indo-German Project


Indian Coordinator


Prof. Dr. Vasant Matsagar

Department of Civil Engineering,

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi,

Hauz Khas, New Delhi - 110 016, India.


German Coordinator


Prof. Dr. Leonhard Reindl

Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK),

University of Freiburg,

Georges-Köhler-Allee 106, 79110 Freiburg, Germany


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Coping with humanitarian disasters is one of the central challenges of this century. According to a study of the United Nations (UN) Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), more than 1.7 billion people have been affected by disasters from 2005 to 2014, with the number of dead victims being approximately 700,000. Affecting both European as well as Asian counties, disaster scenarios with collapsing buildings are endangering both the local population as well as the rescue teams scanning for trapped people. As a result, the project will aim for developing new technologies to secure people from the incident of collapsing infrastructures by developing tools to detect buried people while minimizing the risk for the rescue team. The applicants from India, which are susceptible to scenarios being evoked by earthquakes due to its geographic location, would largely benefit from an improved technical infrastructure.