Serpentine robot for automatic and precise mapping of complex
pipeline structures

Because of its geographical location, Japan is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries. The Tough Robotics Challenge (TRC) of the Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program (ImPACT), led by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation of Japan’s Cabinet Office, aims to develop essential technologies for remote autonomous robots that are robust, so that it can function even in extreme disaster conditions.

This time, the TRC researchers succeeded in developing a snake-like robot that localizes itself in and maps complex pipeline structures. Professor Hiroshi Okuno from the Faculty of Science and Engineering is a part of this program.