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.
13:30-13:50 Hajime Asama, University of Tokyo, Japan
Japan’s disaster robotics (tentative)
13:50-14:20 Robin Murphy, Texas A&M University, USA
Current state and achievement of disaster robotics (tentative)
14:20-14:40 Gerald Steinbauer, Technical University of Graz, Austria
Research and application of disaster robotics in EU (tentative)
14:40-15:00 Geert De Cubber, Royal Military Academy, Belgium
Integrating robots in disaster management
15:00-15:20 Raj Madhavan, University of Maryland, USA
Activities of IEEE Special Interest Group of Humanitarian Technology (tentative)
15:20-15:30 Satoshi Tadokoro, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society President-Elect
For the Future Use of Robotics