International concern for land-mine victims has highlighted the seemingly impossible task of clearing unexploded mines in some of the poorest parts of the world. While much research effort is currently directed to mine detecting, the very radical approach of Stephen Salter and his team at Edinburgh University has been the development of low-cost robot vehicles to sweep mine-fields and detonate the mines.
The rotating 'Dervish' can clear in one minute the area that would take a day by conventional manual probing techniques, and it can operate around the clock. The Dervish has demonstrated its detection efficiency and ability to survive in live minefields. Full-scale trials of the guidance system are in progress.
Professor Salter has been awarded the Society's 1998 Keith Medal for Innovation for this exceptional project. The latest Dervish vehicle will be on display at the lecture.
(Entry to the Museum Lecture Theatre is at the rear of the Museum, in Lothian Street)
The President, Dr Allen D C Simpson, will occupy the Chair.
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