RoboCup-Rescue project: a robotic approach to the disaster mitigation problem

Satoshi Tadokoro, Hiroaki Kitano, Tomoichi Takahashi, Itsuki Noda, Hitoshi Matsubara, Atsushi Shinjoh, Tetsuo Koto, Ikuo Takeuchi, Hironao Takahashi, Fumitoshi Matsuno, Mitsunori Hatayama, Jun Nobe, Susumu Shimada

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This paper introduces the RoboCup-Rescue Simulation Project, a contribution to the disaster mitigation, search and rescue problem. A comprehensive urban disaster simulator is constructed on distributed computers. Heterogeneous intelligent agents such as fire fighters, victims and volunteers conduct search and rescue activities in this virtual disaster world. A real world interface integrates various sensor systems and controllers of infrastructures in the real cities with the virtual world. Real-time simulation is synchronized with actual disasters, computing complex relationship between various damage factors and agent behaviors. A mission-critical man-machine interface provides portability and robustness of disaster mitigation centers, and augmented-reality interfaces for rescue parties in real disasters. It also provides a virtual-reality training function for the public. This diverse spectrum of RoboCup-Rescue contributes to the creation of the safer social system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4089-4094
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Publication statusPublished - 2000
EventICRA 2000: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: 2000 Apr 242000 Apr 28


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