Derek A. Paley, Dinesh Manocha, Darren Robey, Sarah Murthi (UMB, co-PI), Bruce Lynch (UMB)

Funding Agency

DoD: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency




The DARPA Triage Challenge (DTC) will use a series of challenge events over three years to spur development of novel physiological features for medical triage. The DTC aims to drive breakthrough innovations in identification of “signatures” of injury that will help medical responders perform scalable, timely, and accurate triage. Of particular interest are mass casualty incidents (MCIs), in both civilian and military settings, when medical resources are limited relative to the need.

The University of Maryland is funded for one year to participate in the DTC Primary Triage Systems Challenge, which focuses on the primary stage of MCI triage supported by sensors on stand-off platforms, such as uncrewed aircraft vehicles (UAVs) or robots, and algorithms that analyze sensor data in real-time to identify casualties for urgent hands-on evaluation by medical personnel.

The UMD team name is RoboScout DTC: Emergency Response for Automated Intelligent Assessment of Mass Casualty Incidents. It includes participation from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and the UMD UAS Research and Operations Center (UROC). Two other universities—University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University—are among the seven funded participants.