Dream Jobs 2009: Rescue Robots

Life-saving techniques in a rapidly evolving field

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 In 2001, when the September 11th terrorist attacks caused the twin towers of the World Trade Center to come crashing down, rescue professionals from many parts of the country raced to New York City to help search for victims. Among them was Robin Murphy, a robotics expert whose efforts after 9/11 marked the birth of the new and still rapidly evolving field: rescue robotics.  Spectrum’s David Schneider visited Murphy in her lab to learn more about her and the potentially life-saving techniques she’s pioneering.