Disaster response and recovery from the perspective of robotics

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As we witnessed in recent major disasters, the functionalities of robots in disaster environments do not appear to meet the high level of expectation from the public. This paper reviews robotic operations in disaster situations and open issues with the current robotic technologies. We particularly address fundamental problems with teleoperated ground robots for disaster response and recovery: design of robot platforms and balance between human supervisory control and robotic anatomy. In attempt to alleviate the problems, this paper suggests enabling technologies to improve the effectiveness of robotic systems for disaster response and recovery missions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1475-1482
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Agency for Defense Development under the contract UD140073ID and the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE, Korea) under the Technology Innovation Program (No. 2017-10069072).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017, Korean Society for Precision Engineering and Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany.


  • Autonomy
  • Disaster robot
  • Human-robot interface
  • Manipulability
  • Mobility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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