This symposium introduces the current state of disaster robots and gap to their social implementation, and discusses the action plans to be taken for the future disaster mitigation.
It consists of the following three sessions:
(1) March 12, Thursday 15:00-18:00pm Robot Demonstration
Tohoku University, Research Center for Rare Metal and Green Innovation, Aobayama East Campus
Bldg. J02 in http://www.eng.tohoku.ac.jp/english/map/?menu=campus&area=j
(2) March 14, Saturday 13:30-15:30 Current State, Gap and Action Plans for the Future
Tokyo Electron Hall Miyagi, Room 601
(3) March 16, Monday 9:50-11:50 Application Record and Challenge for the Future
TKP Garden City Sendai Kotodai, Hall 1
Robotics is becoming a powerful tool for disaster mitigation, response and recovery after its history of 50 years. For example, unmanned aerial vehicles quickly surveyed wide disaster areas, remotely-operated underwater vehicles repaired leakage of subsea oil plants, and unmanned ground vehicles worked in contaminated areas of damaged nuclear power plants.
The contribution of robotics is mainly 1) for performing tasks that human and conventional tools cannot (e.g. those at inaccessible places and in contaminated areas), 2) for reducing risks (e.g. those of potential explosion, toxic agents and radiation), and/or 3) for reducing time and cost (e.g. quick surveillance of potentially damaged facilities at high places without scaffolds).
The recent evolution of robotics and component technologies is rapidly enhancing their applicable areas and tasks. Remote robotic systems, for example, could gather information from sky 20 years ago. At present, they can approach to structures of interest in the neighborhood for detailed visual inspection from sky, and can enter damaged buildings through narrow entrance for searching victims. Autonomy and robot intelligence reduce responders’ load, and integrate gathered information with measured 3D maps. For this reason, specialists predict that robotics would become an essential tool of disaster mitigation, response and recovery in ten years.
In this symposium, issues for application of robots and systems for disaster response, mitigation and recovery will be discussed.
09:50-10:10 Tomoaki Yoshida, Chiba Institute of Technology
Unmanned ground vehicles Quince and Sakura for Fukushima-Daiichi response
10:10-10:30 Satoshi Okada, Hitachi Ltd.
Development of robots for decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
10:30-10:50 Takuya Uehara, Toshiba Corp.
Efforts using robot technologies for decommission at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
10:50-11:10 Sunao Tomimori, Nuclear Emergency Assistance Center (J-NEACE), The Japan Atomic Power Co.
Activities of J-NEASE by electric power companies in Japan
11:10-11:30 Shigeo Kitahara, Kumagai Gumi Co. Ltd.
Unmanned construction system – the history and future (tentative)
11:30-11:50 Yutaka Watanabe, Luce Search Co. Ltd.
Application of UAVs for Hiroshima landslide disaster in 2014 (tentative)