Standard Rescue Tasks Based on the Japan Virtual Robotics Challenge

  • Masaru Shimizu
  • Masayuki Okugawa
  • Katsuji Oogane
  • Yoshikazu Ohtsubo
  • Tetsuya Kimura
  • Tomoichi TakahashiEmail author
  • Satoshi Tadokoro
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9776)


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.


Rescue robot Standard task Service robot Maintenance 



The work was supported by NEDO Grant for international research, development and RoboCup Fund. The authors acknowledge to Adam Jacoff (NIST) for his advice and comments for JVRC task development from the viewpoint of standard performance test method of the response robots. We also appreciate insightful discussions with IRS-U (Captain Kennichi Makabe) from the viewpoint of the disaster responders. Finally, we would like to thank to Souichiro Suzuki (AIT) and Takumi Ohta (NUT) for their dedicate effort of the task model development in JVRC.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masaru Shimizu
    • 1
  • Masayuki Okugawa
    • 2
  • Katsuji Oogane
    • 3
  • Yoshikazu Ohtsubo
    • 4
  • Tetsuya Kimura
    • 5
  • Tomoichi Takahashi
    • 6
    Email author
  • Satoshi Tadokoro
    • 7
  1. 1.Chukyo UniversityNagoyaJapan
  2. 2.Aichi Institute of TechnologyToyotaJapan
  3. 3.Niigata Institute of TechnologyKashiwazakiJapan
  4. 4.Kinki UniversityHigashi-osakaJapan
  5. 5.Nagaoka University of TechnologyNagaokaJapan
  6. 6.Meijo UniversityNagoyaJapan
  7. 7.Tohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

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