A symposium will be held to propose 25-years global roadmap of robotics for disasters as a future key technology for the resilience on the basis of keynote speeches, brainstorming discussions, and roadmapping discussions by top researchers and stakeholders worldwide.
Robotics is becoming a powerful tool for disaster mitigation, response and recovery after its history of 50 years. For example, unmanned aerial vehicles can quickly survey wide disaster areas, remotely-operated underwater vehicles can repair leakage of subsea oil plants, and unmanned ground vehicles work 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.
This symposium will focus on proposing a global roadmap for 25 years of social implementation as well as of science and technology in order to materialize this revolution by discussion of the worldwide top researchers and stakeholders.
To propose a global roadmap of social implementation and S&T of safety, security and rescue robotics.
The number of robotic systems and solutions used for disaster mitigation, response and recovery.
The amount of loss and damage reduced by the robotics.
Prof Satoshi Tadokoro
President-Elect of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Professor of Tohoku University, and President of International Rescue System Institute, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Tohoku University, and International Rescue System Institute