Upgraded WAREC-1 succeeds in traversing mock rubble

Being one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, there is a high demand in Japan for robots to carry out search and rescue operations, in place of humans, after large-scale disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions, as well as near wrecked infrastructure due to deterioration.

Since 2014, Professor Atsuo Tananishi (Faculty of Science and Engineering) and Assistant Professor Kenji Hashimoto (Waseda Institute for Advanced Study) have worked together in collaboration with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., to innovate robots engaging in rescue activities. Together, they have recently developed WAREC-1 (Waseda REsCuer-No.1) under the Tough Robotics Challenge of the ImPACT Program (Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies).