Technology of Anti-Disaster Robotics (3)
Strategy in Robot Operation
Hajime Asama, Professor, the University of Tokyo
Various robots with capability of sensing, locomotion, manipulation, and the combination of them had been developed; many of them are functional. Most of them were developed independently with unique system architecture, different functionality, performance, assumed operating conditions. To effectively employ such robots in a mission, extensive survey on the operating condition, clarity of the task, and elaborate mission planning are necessary. It should be noted that there will be cases with no existing robots giving feasible solution.
In disaster control, this feedback process was carried out in improvements of user interfaces for robot operators in rescue squadrons. Faster feedback loop in making improvements on the robot from the feedback of the on-site situation is vital in developing highly available anti-disaster robots. Unfortunately, the effort on forming organizations that enable faster feedback loop was not necessarily enough in Japan.