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Anti-personnel Landmine Detection for Humanitarian Demining

The Current Situation and Future Direction for Japanese Research and Development

  • Katsuhisa Furuta
  • Jun Ishikawa

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Katsuhisa Furuta, Jun Ishikawa
      Pages 3-16
  3. Dual Sensor Systems Ground Penetrating Radar and Metal Detectors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Motoyuki Sato, Kazunori Takahashi
      Pages 27-44
    3. Yoshiyuki Tomizawa, Ikuo Arai, Shinji Gotoh
      Pages 45-62
  4. Vehicle Systems Based on Advanced Robotics for Humanitarian Demining

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Toshio Fukuda, Yasuhisa Hasegawa, Kazuhiro Kosuge, Kiyoshi Komoriya, Fumihisa Kitagawa, Tomohiro Ikegami
      Pages 85-101
  5. Explosive Sensors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Kiyoshi Yoshikawa, Kai Masuda, Teruhisa Takamatsu, Yasushi Yamamoto, Hisayuki Toku, Takeshi Fujimoto et al.
      Pages 157-173
    3. Tetsuo Iguchi, Jun Kawarabayashi, Ken-ichi Watanabe, Tatsuo Shoji, Tatsuya Osawa, Shinji Mihoya et al.
      Pages 175-192
    4. Takeshi Onodera, Norio Miura, Kiyoshi Matsumoto, Kiyoshi Toko
      Pages 193-205
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-211

About this book


There are more than 70 countries in the world that suffer from the presence of landmines. Annually, between 15,000 and 20,000 people are killed or injured by these mines so there is a pressing need for advances in technology to help to remove them.

Anti-personnel Landmine Detection for Humanitarian Demining reports on state-of-the-art technologies developed during a Japanese National Research Project. The conventional, and often reliable, method of landmine detection is to use a metal detector to pick up small amounts of metal within the mine. Unfortunately, minefields are frequently strewn with small metal fragments which can camouflage landmines greatly hindering progress using this form of demining. The challenge, then, is to develop practical detection systems that can discriminate between anti-personnel (AP) landmines and randomly scattered innocent metal fragments.

The results of 12 research proposals from universities and industrial sources and adopted by the Japanese Science and Technology Agency are presented here. This book concentrates on various aspects of three main approaches to AP mine detection:

• enhancing and confirming the results of metal-detection scans using ground-penetrating radar (GPR);

• using robot vehicles and manipulators to operate within minefields remotely; and

•methods of sensing the explosives within mines.

Basic results are presented in the fields of GPR, nuclear quadruple resonance, neutron thermal analysis and biosensors. The integration of these methods for workable robot operation is demonstrated. The project was carried out in conjunction with mine action centers in Croatia, Cambodia and Afghanistan and evaluation data from field trials of the technologies are also reported.

The results will be most useful to anyone who is involved in the use or production of technical equipment associated with landmine removal. In addition, academics researching advances in this field and those working in remote sensing, mechatronics and robotics will find much to interest them and a co-ordinated body of work with which to expand their own studies.


Biosensor Control Engineering Explosive Detection Ground-penetrating Radar Landmines control digital elevation model mechatronics radar remote sensing robot robotics sensing sensor sensors

Editors and affiliations

  • Katsuhisa Furuta
    • 1
  • Jun Ishikawa
    • 1
  1. 1.Tokyo Denki UniversityTokyo, Chiyoda-kuJapan

About the editors

At present, Katsuhisa Furuta is Professor of School of Science & Engineering and School of Science and Technology for Future Life at Tokyo Denki University as well as Professor Emeritus of Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is to be the President of Tokyo Denki University from June 2008.

Professor Furuta’s research interests lie in the broad areas of System Control, Robotics, Mechatronics, and Computer Vision. He is has done pioneering research in the control of pendulums using the so-called Furuta Pendulum which has been used for control study and education in many countries. He received many awards including of Honorary Doctorate - Helsinki University of Technology (1998), IEEE CSS Distinguished Member (1998), and IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000). He is a Fellow of SICE (1992), IEEE (1996), IET (2003), IFAC (2006), and Honorary Member of SICE (2006). He also served as Member of Science Council of Japan (1997-2003).

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