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Disaster Robotics Category

This category considers problem-solving in the areas of infrastructure,
disaster prevention andresponse, and aims to achieve particularly difficult tasks
such as plant disaster prevention and tunnel disaster response using robots.
Building robot-related consensus among people
The world first competition to deal with tunnel disaster

Chairperson, Disaster Robotics Competition Committee

Satoshi Tadokoro

President, International Rescue System Institute
Professor, Tohoku University
President, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Program Manager, Japan Cabinet Office ImPACT Program

On that memorable day, the strong shake grabbed me roughly by the shoulders. I could not get up by my arms and legs. The line between life and death was thin as a knife edge. Lives dead, lives saved, and lives fed to the fire, were seen right under our nose. Can robotics pin the faint hope to keep happy daily lives? What values can robotics present for avoiding death in disasters? How can robotics promote our safety and security? This competition shall give a clue to the answers.


Plant Disaster Prevention Challenge

Detailed rules will be announced later. We will keep you updated on progress(Dec.08, 2017).

Outline

Inspecting or maintaining infrastructures based on set standards(e.g. opening/closing valves).
More details such as rules will be notified after the selection of participants.

Task P1
Daily Inspection/
Maintenance

Task P2
Fault Detection

Task P3
Diagnosis

Task P4
Disaster Response

Task P1
Daily Inspection/Maintenance

Read the numerical value of meters etc installed at specified positions via camera and adjust the corresponding valves etc.

Task Conditions

Mobility
Aisle(partially narrow), stair, pipe. Materials are concrete, grating and so on.
Sensing/
Manipulation
The position and shape of the operation objects are prespecified meters, valves, etc. The robot can use pre-installed sensors and hands.
Environment
Normal condition of the plant with many complex facilities.

Challenges
Feedback-type operation(adjust valve with reading meter).


Scoring
Practical level speed and accuracy.

Task P2
Fault Detection

Measure fault sound and/or vibration of pipes of which positions are not specified, and report the measurement results.

Task Conditions

Mobility
The same as Task P1.
Sensing/
Manipulation
The position of the fault events are unknown. The fault events are pre-specified by the competition committee. The robot can use preinstalled device(commercial or self-build) suitable for the events.
Environment
The same as Task P1.

Challenges
Fault detection of which position is known. Integration of fault measurement devices into robot.


Scoring
Practical level speed and accuracy

Task P3
Diagnosis

For a large structure, e.g., tank and chimney, diagnose the health of the structure.

Task Conditions

Mobility
The same as Task P1.
Sensing/
Manipulation
The diagnosis object is a whole large structure. The diagnosis object is pre-specified by the competition committee. The robot can use pre-installed devices(commercial or self-build) suitable for the object.
Environment
The same as Task P1.

Challenges
Wide area operation. Integration of diagnosis devices into robot.


Scoring
Practical level speed and accuracy.

Task P4
Disaster Response

Respond the accident occurred during the inspection. Examine the cause of the accident and proceed the countermeasure under environmental disturbance (e.g., smoke, debris caused by explosion).

Task Conditions

Mobility
Task P1 + Debris.
Sensing/
Manipulation
The operation objects are those in Task P1 and P2, and the ones used for the disaster response(e.g., fire extinguisher).
Environment
Disaster environment(unstructured poorly-informed environment with smoke, water, oil, debris, etc.)

Challenges
Comprehensive operation in bad unstructured environment.


Scoring
Practical level speed and accuracy.


Tunnel Disaster Response and Recovery Challenge

Detailed rules will be announced later. We will keep you updated on progress(Dec.08, 2017).

Outline

Collecting information and providing emergency response in case of a tunnel disaster (e.g. life-saving, removing obstacles from tunnels)

Task T1
Traversing Obstacles

Task T2
Vehicle Inspection

Task T3
Vehicle Inspection using Tools and Rescue

Task T4
Secure the Route

Task T5
Fire Extinguish

Task T6
Shoring and Breaching

Task T1
Traversing Obstacles

Traverse uneven terrain and narrow space.

Challenges
Mobility of the heavy work robot in the condition with the obstacles


Scoring
Practical level speed and accuracy.

Task T2
Vehicle Inspection

Inspect inside and outside of vehicle and surroundings (tunnel)

Challenges
Visual inspection of the "targets" in complicated narrow dark space.


Scoring
Practical level speed and accuracy.

Task T3
Vehicle Inspection using Tools and Rescue

Inspect inside the vehicle by using tools and rescue the victim.

Challenges
Use tools for human with large reaction force. Manipulation of human body.


Scoring
Practical level speed and accuracy.

Task T4
Secure the Route

Remove the obstacles on the specified route by pushing/pulling/carrying them.

Challenges
Manipulation of L-shape obstacles of which center of gravity is unknown.


Scoring
Practical level speed and accuracy.

Task T5
Fire Extinguish

Extinguishing fire by using the extinguisher installed in the tunnel.

Challenges
Capability for the variety of fire extinguishing tasks(manipulate hose as a flexible object, connection of nozzle and hose, etc.). Capability for the reaction force of water spray.


Scoring
Practical level speed and accuracy.

Task T6
Shoring and Breaching

Investigate a car under rubbles and rescue the victim in the car with shoring and breaching.

Challenges
Comprehensive disaster response capability (use tool for human with large reaction force, narrow space search, manipulation of human body).


Scoring
Practical level speed and accuracy.

*Type of robot: Platform robot selected by the competition committee or self-build robot.

The platform robots selected by the competition committee.

  • WAREC-1
    (Waseda Univ.)

  • Double-armed Robot
    (Osaka Univ.)

About

Standard Disaster Robotics Challenge

Outline

Assessing standard performance levels
(e.g. mobility, sensing, information collection,
wireless communication, remote control on-site deployment, durability, etc.)
required in disaster prevention and responses
More details such as rules will be notified after the selection of participants.

Task

Standard performance test methods (STM) for infrastructure disaster prevention and response are developed here. These STMs are complementary to the current NIST STMs for USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) and EOD(Explosive Ordinance Disposal).

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