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Rescue Robotics

DDT Project on Robots and Systems for Urban Search and Rescue

  • Satoshi Tadokoro

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Satoshi Tadokoro, Fumitoshi Matsuno, Hajime Asama, Masahiko Onosato, Koichi Osuka, Tomoharu Doi et al.
    Pages 17-31
  3. Masahiko Onosato, Satoshi Tadokoro, Hiroaki Nakanishi, Kenzo Nonami, Kuniaki Kawabata, Yasushi Hada et al.
    Pages 33-55
  4. Hajime Asama, Yasushi Hada, Kuniaki Kawabata, Itsuki Noda, Osamu Takizawa, Jun-ichi Meguro et al.
    Pages 57-69
  5. Koichi Osuka, Tomoharu Doi, Satoshi Tadokoro, Naoji Shiroma, Takashi Tsubouchi, Hideyuki Tsukagoshi et al.
    Pages 71-103
  6. Fumitoshi Matsuno, Takashi Tsubouchi, Shigeo Hirose, Iwaki Akiyama, Takao Inoh, Michele Guarnieri et al.
    Pages 105-129
  7. Yasuyoshi Yokokohji, Takashi Tsubouchi, Akichika Tanaka, Tomoaki Yoshida, Eiji Koyanagi, Fumitoshi Matsuno et al.
    Pages 131-144
  8. Itsuki Noda, Yasushi Hada, Jun-ichi Meguro, Hiroki Shimora
    Pages 145-159
  9. Takashi Tsubouchi, Koichi Osuka, Fumitoshi Matsuno, Hajime Asama, Satoshi Tadokoro, Masahiko Onosato et al.
    Pages 161-174
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 191-192

About this book


Rescue Robotics presents the most significant products of the DDT Project on robots and systems for urban search and rescue. This project was launched by the Japanese government in 2002 with the aim of applying a wide variety of robotics technologies to find a solution to the problem of disaster response, especially urban search and rescue in large-scale earthquakes.

From 2002 to 2007 more than 100 researchers took part in the DDT Project, coming from a wide spectrum of research and development to make up four research groups: Aerial Robot Systems MU (Mission Unit), Information Infrastructure System MU, In-Rubble Robot System MU, and On-Rubble Robot System MU. This book discusses their development and testing of various robotic systems and technologies such as serpentine robots, tracked vehicles, intelligent human interface and data processing, as well as analysing and verifying the results of these experiments.

Rescue Robotics will be of interest to researchers and students, but will also prove useful for emergency response personnel. It offers an insight into the state of the art of rescue robotics and its readers will benefit from a knowledge of the advanced technologies involved in this field.


Design Disaster Response Distributed Sensors First Responder Interface Rescue Robots Urban Search and Rescue information system knowledge robot robotics sensor sensors

Editors and affiliations

  • Satoshi Tadokoro
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Information SciencesTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

About the editors

Professor Satoshi Tadokoro currently works for the Graduate School of Information Sciences at Tohoku University, Japan. His areas of research include intelligent mechanics/mechanical systems; perception information processing/intelligent robotics and; design engineering and machine functional elements/tribology.

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