RoboCup-Rescue: An international cooperative research project of robotics and AI for the disaster mitigation problem

Satoshi Tadokoro, Hiroaki Kitano, Tomoichi Takahashi, Itsuki Noda, Hitoshi Matsubara, Atsushi Shinjoh, Tetsuo Koto, Ikuo Takeuchi, Hironao Takahashi, Fumitoshi Matsuno, Mitsunori Hatayama, Jun Nobe, Susumu Shimada

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This paper introduces the RoboCup-Rescue Simulation Project, a contribution to the disaster mitigation, search and rescue problem. A comprehensive urban disaster simulator is constructed on distributed computers. Heterogeneous intelligent agents such as fire fighters, victims and volunteers conduct search and rescue activities in this virtual disaster world. A real world interface integrates various sensor systems and controllers of infrastructures in the real cities with the virtual world. Real-time simulation is synchronized with actual disasters, computing complex relationship between various damage factors and agent behaviors. A mission-critical man-machine interface provides portability and robustness of disaster mitigation centers, and augmented-reality interfaces for rescue parties in real disasters. It also provides a virtual-reality training function for the public. This diverse spectrum of RoboCup-Rescue contributes to the creation of the safer social system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-312
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventUnmanned Ground Vehicle Technology II - Orlando, FL, USA
Duration: 2000 Jan 242000 Jan 25

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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