Plenary Speech

Topic: ImPACT Tough Robotics Challenge Project

Prof. Satoshi Tadokoro (田所諭)


  ImPACT Tough Robotics Challenge Program (ImPACT-TRC) focuses on research into robust disaster robot technologies for accessibility, sensing & recognition, recovery, and environmental compatibility. Five types of robots, i.e. UAVs, construction robots, serpentine robots, legged robots and cyber rescue canine, are being developed with advanced visual, auditorial & haptic sensing, robust actuators, mechanisms & control, human interface, and robust wireless communication. A field evaluation meetings is held periodically for the milestones of R&D. It shows the applicable technologies to the users and industry to promote disruptive innovation in disaster response, recovery and preparedness as well as new field robot business. This plenary talk will present a part of its research results and products of this two years.

Prof. Satoshi Tadokoro

School of Mechanical Engineering

Tohoku University


  Satoshi Tadokoro graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1984. He was an associate professor in Kobe University in 1993-2005, and is a professor of Tohoku University since 2005, a vice dean in 2014, and a research professor since 2014. He is a president of International Rescue System Institute since 2002 and IEEE RAS President in 2016-2017.
  He served as a project manager of MEXT DDT Project on rescue robotics in 2002-2007 having contribution of more than 100 professors nationwide, and PI of NEDO projects related to disaster robotics. His team developed various rescue robots, two of which called Quince and Active Scope Camera are well-known because they were used in disasters such as in nuclear reactor buildings of the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident.
  He is a project manager of Japan Cabinet Office ImPACT Project in 2014-18. IEEE Fellow, RSJ Fellow, JSME Fellow, and SICE Fellow.