Self-introduction Tadokoro

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Regional and Urban Reconstruction Research Division
Disaster Robotics
Satoshi Tadokoro (Professor)


Research summary


Robotic systems are expected to play an important role in disaster response, recovery and mitigation.  Robots can perform tasks dangerous, difficult or impossible for human, and can reduce cost by their higher efficiency.  I have been making effort of creating research area of rescue robotics on the basis of my experience of Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in Kobe.  It contributed to the historically first application of various robots in Eastern Japan Earthquake after sixteen years.  Quince, an unmanned ground vehicle that my group developed by a NEDO project, was the first Japanese robot used in a nuclear reactor building of Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and gave important information for realizing the cool-shutdown condition.  Active Scope Camera, my serpentine robot, has the highest performance for moving deep into debris through narrow gaps, and was used for giving critical information at forensic investigation of building collapse at a construction site in the United States.  My group currently focuses on research into various robotics for disaster mitigation and technologies for recovery including robots for the nuclear disaster.


Fig. 1: Quince



Fig. 2: Active Scope Camera