Standard rescue tasks based on the Japan virtual robotics challenge

Masaru Shimizu, Masayuki Okugawa, Katsuji Oogane, Yoshikazu Ohtsubo, Tetsuya Kimura, Tomoichi Takahashi, Satoshi Tadokoro

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Robotic technology can be effectively used in the inspection and maintenance of aging social infrastructure. The capabilities of these robots are similar to those required for disaster response robots. This paper presents the concepts and outlines of the Japan Virtual Robotics Challenge (JVRC). The tasks in this challenge were designed based on the Sasago tunnel disaster, in which ceiling panels fell over 130 m as a result of the release of the anchor bolts from the walls over time. Lessons from JVRC indicate that service robots can function as first responders, and that disaster rescue tasks have much in common with every day maintenance tasks. Standard tasks for robots are proposed and one scenario is demonstrated to show its validity. We hope that the application of robots used for everyday maintenance can improve the availability of robots at disaster scenes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoboCup 2016
Subtitle of host publicationRobot World Cup XX
EditorsRaymond Sheh, Daniel D. Lee, Sven Behnke, Sanem Sariel
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319687919
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event20th Annual RoboCup International Symposium, 2016 - Leipzig, Germany
Duration: 2016 Jun 302016 Jul 4

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9776 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other20th Annual RoboCup International Symposium, 2016


  • Maintenance
  • Rescue robot
  • Service robot
  • Standard task

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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