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Challenge of Disaster Robotics
Thursday, 05 November
11:00 - 12:45
Kobe Int’l Conference Center, Main Hall, Level 1

Challenge of Disaster Robotics

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The Great East Japan Earthquake was the first disaster in the world history where a number of robotic systems were used for disaster response and recovery. It is expected that robotics becomes an essential solution in the near future for reducing risk of disasters by improving preparedness, for minimizing damage at emergency response, and for accelerating recovery to return to normal. In this paper, main use and conditions of disaster robotics is presented at first. It explains the state of art of disaster robotics by introducing some examples of applications and development of robots by the author's group with showing potential effectiveness in the future. It reveals the currently existing gaps in three categories: technology, society and industry. It introduces efforts for promoting the social implementation of robotics as well as expected contributions from the area of SIGGRAPH.

(Includes Closing of SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 and Opening of SIGGRAPH Asia 2016)

Speaker: Satoshi Tadokoro

Tohoku University / Japan Cabinet Office ImPACT Project

Satoshi Tadokoro was an associate professor of Kobe University in 1993-2005, and is a research professor of Tohoku University since 2005. He experienced two major earthquake disasters: Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995 and Great Eastern Japan Earthquake in 2011. He is a president of International Rescue System Institute since 2002 and IEEE RAS President-Elect in 2014-2015. He served as a project manager of MEXT DDT Project on rescue robotics in 2002-2007 having contribution of more than 100 professors nationwide, and of a NEDO project that developed a rescue robot Quince, which was used in nuclear reactor buildings of the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident as the first Japanese robot. He is a project manager of Japan Cabinet Office ImPACT Project at present.

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