Joint Statement by Academic Institutions of Japan in Association with Robot Technology

April  4,  2011

A statement on the deployment of robot technology of Japan to the disaster due to the  Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
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— The Robotics Society of Japan —
— The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Robotics and Mechatronics Division —
— The Society of Instruments and Control Engineers, System Integration Division —
— IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Japan Chapter —
— IFToMM, Japan Council —

STATEMENT

Driven by a firm resolution that is to contribute to the countermeasures of and the recovery from the disaster due to the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, the group of academic institutions of Japan in association with robot technology makes a statement herewith from the professional viewpoint, with regard to its technical problems and schemes of application and management.

Japan has accumulated the results of research and development on robot technology with respect to disaster countermeasures. The Japanese academic institutions in association with  robot technology have been involved in worldwide research and development of robotics for disaster countermeasures and have established the close alliances with the research and development institutes all over the world. We believe that there are plenty of robot technologies applicable for the countermeasures of and the restoration and reconstruction from the disaster due to the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. Therefore the group of academic institutions of Japan in association with robot technology, in their entirety, commit to promptly and actively provide the most appropriate robot technology in accordance with the environments of operation and the missions, the workload for introduction and operation on site including reinforcement and remodeling of robots,  as well as the disseminating service of technical information, in close alliance*1 with the Science Council of Japan and the industries.

The technical information is available on websites*2 of each academic society, and the sites are to be set up in order to share and exchange information/opinion among engineers and researchers.

The activities stated here are being carried out by the hyper-academic organization ”the Robotics Task Force for Anti-Disaster” (ROBOTAD)*3,liaison by NPO “the International Rescue System Institute” (IRS)*4.

*1
liaison by “The Japan Robot Association” (JARA)

*2
The Robotics Society of Japan,URL: http://www.rsj.or.jp/
The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Robotics and Mechatronics Division,
URL: http://www.jsme.or.jp/rmd/
The Society of Instruments and Control Engineers, System Integration Division,
URL: http://www.sice.or.jp/~si-div/
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Japan Chapter,
URL: http://www.ieee-jp.org/japancouncil/chapter/RA-24/
International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science, Japan Council,
URL: http://www.dynamics.mep.titech.ac.jp/iftomm/japanese/

*3
The organization consists of experts from above mentioned academic institutions of Japan
in association with robot technology in Japan, Chairman: Hajime Asama (email: asama(at)robot.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp)

*4
NPO International Rescue System Institute, President: Satoshi Tadokoro (email: tadokoro(at)rm.is.tohoku.ac.jp)
URL: http://www.rescuesystem.org/  Tel. 022-795-7022, FAX: 022-795-7023

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