The deadline of applications to the Disaster Robotics Challenge of the World Robot Summit has been extended to March 15, JST.  The awards & prize, the travel support information and the detailed rules have been announced.  Please visit the following webpages, and consider your participation.

Due Date: March 15, 2018 JST (will not be extended further)


Awards & Prize:

Travel Support:

Theme of Category

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.


The Disaster Robotics Category considers problem-solving in the areas of infrastructure, disaster prevention and response, and aims to achieve particularly difficult tasks such as plant disaster prevention and tunnel disaster response using robots.

1. Plant Disaster Prevention Challenge (Real Robots)

This challenge focuses on Inspecting or maintaining infrastructures based on set standards (e.g. opening/closing valves).

Task P1: Daily inspection/maintenance

Task P2: Fault detection

Task P3: Diagnosis

Task P4: Disaster response


2. Tunnel Disaster Response and Recovery Challenge (Simulation)

This challenge deals with 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 route

Task T5: Fire extinguish

Task T6: Shoring and breaching


3. Standard Disaster Robotics Challenge (Real Robots)

This challenge assesses standard performance levels (e.g. mobility, sensing, information collection, wireless communication, remote control on-site deployment, durability, etc.) required in disaster prevention and responses.

Task MAN1: Negotiate

Task MOB1: Catwalk (inspection deck)

Task MOB2: Grating/Checker plate

Task DEX1: Meter/Valve

Task DEX2: L-shaped obstacle

Task EXP1: Large-area inspection

Task EXP2: Duct/Culvert

Task SEC1: Secret


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